Auckland businessman and founder of Warehouse donated $ 500,000 to Canterbury Sport


Artist's impression of the Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Center.

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Artist’s impression of the Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Center.

Auckland businessman and philanthropist Sir Stephen Tindall has been revealed as the donor behind a $ 500,000 donation to the new indoor sports center under construction at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

the $ 5 million Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Center must be ready for the start of the Women’s Cricket World Cup on March 4, despite a $ 1.6 million funding shortfall.

Tindall, founder of The Warehouse and The Tindall Foundation, said he wanted to support an important project and called on others to give what they can.

“We are a sporting nation, and the best thing you can do is get kids involved in sport from an early age,” Tindall said in a statement.

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Warehouse founder, investor and philanthropist Sir Stephen Tindall.

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Warehouse founder, investor and philanthropist Sir Stephen Tindall.

He said the Sir Richard Hadlee Center was a “fantastic facility for the whole community”.

“Participation in sport teaches people to work together and then what happens is those who are going to be elite athletes start to shine at an early age,” he said.

“This is why it is so important to have the right facilities available. “

The donation to the project was revealed in October, but the identity of the donor was not publicly known until now.

Suzanne Pearce, executive director of the Canterbury Cricket Trust, called Tindall’s donation an “extremely generous” boost to their fundraising.

What the exterior of the new center should look like.

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What the exterior of the new center should look like.

“We were absolutely delighted with the $ 500,000 donation and contacted him to find out more about why he decided to support the center, especially since he is an Aucklander who is involved. to support Canterbury. “

Tindall said he was inspired to hear Hadlee, a former cricketer who played 86 tryouts for New Zealand, “speak so passionately about the center”, and by his generosity .

“I believe Canterbury is the breeding ground for the best in New Zealand cricket, we’ve seen that for many years.

“And I think this facility will continue to strengthen what is one of the best cricket organizations in the world, The Black Caps.

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Launch of the 100 days of the Women’s Cricket World Cup

“I know not everyone has $ 500,000 to give, but I believe every little bit helps.”

The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust provided the first major installment of funding for the center in 2018, donating $ 800,000 shortly after Hadlee, now 70, was diagnosed with cancer.

The 1,200 square meter sports center is built inside the old Canterbury Horticultural Center, next to the Hagley Oval Cricket Ground.

It will feature five 3.6-meter cricket tracks, with the nets foldable for other sports including futsal, netball or hockey.

The Women’s Cricket World Cup will take place at venues across New Zealand and conclude with a final at Hagley Oval in April.

The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Center can be used for cricket and other sports.

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The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Center can be used for cricket and other sports.


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