Shaun Johnson and Art Green get ready to make noise at the ASB Classic
In a bid to raise awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities® Shaun Johnson, Kayla Cullen, Art Green, and Matilda Rice and are taking to Centre Court at the ASB Classic on Thursday 7 January, 2016 between the day’s fourth and fifth games for the international tournament’s annual charity day.
As the ASB Classic’s official charity partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC®) has called upon well-known Kiwis to play in an exciting mixed doubles match dubbed the Rally for Ronald McDonald House. With RMHC® kids taking on the important ‘ball kids’ role for the charity match, the mixed doubles match will see Green and Rice take on Johnson and Cullen.
The celebrity teams will battle it out in the best of five games, with a sudden-death deuce.
ASB Head of Community and Sponsorship Mark Graham is thrilled to have the popular Kiwis involved in the two-week international tournament.
“We are delighted with the high calibre names not only included in the official line-up for the 2016 ASB Classic but for the charity day rally, too. We are thankful to Shaun, Kayla, Art and Matilda who are coming along, picking up their racquets and taking part. The Rally for Ronald McDonald House will be a great addition to an already exciting tournament,” Mr Graham says.
“Ronald McDonald House Charities® New Zealand is proud to again be the charity partner of the ASB Classic. The tournament’s continued support allows us to deliver free accommodation and support services to Kiwi families with children receiving specialist medical treatment away from home. ASB is by our side 365 days of the year ensuring Kiwi families remain together and strong while they are using our programmes across the country, and we are truly delighted to be able to partner with them on this prestigious New Zealand event,” Wayne Howett CEO RMHC® says.
Additional elements of the 2016 ASB Classic charity day include:
Lobbo. ASB Classic invites charity day goers to pre-purchase numbered tennis balls throughout the day, ‘lobbing’ them onto the court between the day’s second and third matches.
Prices for the tennis balls are: $30 for 20 balls, $20 for seven balls or $10 for three balls.
All proceeds will go direct to RMHC®.
The ASB/RMHC® charity arcade will make its debut at the ASB Classic in 2016. Familiar arcade games will start at $1 each turn, all proceeds will go direct to RMHC®;
Ronald McDonald House sibling, Keiana Hutchinson, will perform the coin toss ahead of charity day’s night session. Keiana, four years old and from Wellington, has been staying at Ronald McDonald House Auckland with her family since September 2015 while her baby sister Indii undergoes treatment. ASB Classic has gifted an ASB Classic corporate box to Keiana’s parents, Natarshia Hutchinson and Danny McLeod, and will join RMHC® CEO Wayne Howett in the box for the night session;
ASB and RMHC® sweet cart. Sweets will be sold in a customised RMHC® sweet cart. All proceeds will go direct to RMHC®;
An RMHC® child will take over from the umpire and run the first game’s coin toss– look out for their striped socks;
Patrons can also help ASB share the love for RMHC® by purchasing a tennis ball for $2 to add to the heart wall