The Palms Supports Footy and Families on Father’s Day


There are a few tried-and-true giveaways that go with Father’s Day. Tickets to sporting events are popular, as are barbecue-related prizes. So clearly, the best possible Father’s Day prize would combine sports and barbecues, right? The Palms Shopping Centre tested that hypothesis out earlier this month, and the results were downright promising.

The grand prize draw for the center’s Father’s Day per-spend promotion was a big one, with three big parts. Part one was a new barbecue—a six-burner beast of a thing. Part two was the first big meal cooked on the grill: steaks, with salads on the side. Part three was the chefs: Canterbury Rugby players Sean Maitland, Dominic Bird and Ben Funnel. The fellows popped by to cook for winner Justine McGuire and 23 family members and friends.

“It really was an amazing time – the CRFU players were all so lovely and did a great job cooking the steaks on the new barbeque,” Justine said. “My sons invited all of their friends over, of course, and the players were so gracious answering their questions and generally having a good time. One of the players said they felt as if they were at a barbie with one of their friends, being in Christchurch and all, and they even remembered some of my son’s friends’ names!”

The Palms Shopping Centre manager Simon Carter shared his delight in being able to award the package to a family both grateful and deserving of such a prize.

“The Palms is very focused on providing the best experiences possible for the local community, and I feel this is exactly what the Father’s Day BBQ Bash has achieved,” he said. “Not only have three Canterbury rugby players been able to visit some of their biggest fans, but Kmart has also been able to reach out and provide a great barbeque to a family that really needed it. I am glad the McGuire family had a great time and wish them a great summer with their new six-burner barbeque.”

The center has a close relationship with Caterbury Rugby—it’s also a sponsor of the organization’s Take a Kid to Footy initiative. The program encourages ticketholders to bring a child with them to a game at greatly reduced prices, and gives those kids a great experience to go with the game: goodie bags, snacks, and limited edition collector’s cards.


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