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Kiwis helping team get Guildford

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Kiwi lacrosse team has the heart to succeed
Description: heart for causes is proud to announce its partnership with the NZBLAX, as the team prepares for the 2017 World Cup in Guildford, England.
[Auckland] [4 October 2016] – Specialist fundraising agency, heart for causes, is delighted to announce its support for the New Zealand Women’s Lacrosse team.
In July 2017, New Zealand will compete against 30 other countries at the 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. This will be the 4th time New Zealand will send a team to the senior world event, and this time the team has the bold goal of making it into the Top 5.
Auckland-based heart for causes has partnered with the NZBLAX to provide expertise in copywriting and fundraising as the team works to secure vital funds needed to get to the lacrosse championship.
“We are delighted to be supporting this group of elite Kiwi athletes as they get ready to take on the world,” says head of content strategy, Dominique Antarakis. “The NZBLAX are a dedicated group of women with a bold goal to break into the Top 5 at the World Cup in England. We admire their strength and determination and want to support the team to reach this landmark goal for New Zealand sport.”
Lacrosse is still an amateur sport in New Zealand. The NZBLAX squad stars 30 women aged 17-35, who all juggle full-time training with study, work, family and fundraising.
It will cost each team player approximately $10,000 to get to Guildford. That is on top of equipment and expenses needed to be in the training squad. Then there is the cost travel to participate in warm-up competitions in Melbourne and California during 2016.
heart for causes is working with the team to provide fundraising expertise as they face the daunting task of funding all these costs. The full-service agency has provided the team with copywriting, sponsorship tips and fundraising workshops to upskill them individually and as a team.
Working with Dominique and the team has been nothing short of fantastic,” says Kari Jones, World Cup 2017 National Team Head Coach.
Dominique, Anna Shere and their team are always thinking ahead and have helped us pull together the most professional approach to fundraising that we have ever had.
“It has taken a massive weight off us knowing that the team and the parents can reach out for support in their fundraising plan.”

Kiwis helping team get Guildford

The NZBLAX is hoping that kind Kiwis will get behind them and support their bid to become Top 5 in the world. They have set up a Givealittle page to crowdsource some of the funding. The team hopes that big-hearted Kiwis will open their wallets and back this plucky team to help them put New Zealand on the map.
Next stop on the NZBLAX road to the World Cup is a tour to California in October. Our squad will l be playing some of the top American college teams. Follow the NZBLAX progress to the World Cup on Facebook and Twitter.
Who is heart?
heart for causes is a full-service agency focused on the charity sector. Its mission is to provide expert digital, data, copywriting and design services to clients while working for the common good. The equivalent of 10 per cent of the company’s annual turnover is contributed to not-for-profit organisations through sponsorships, donations and pro bono services.

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