Support for Keenan

A month and a half after Keenan Alexander suffered a serious spinal injury on the rugby field, the community continues to rally around the Thames High School student.

As Keenan works hard on his rehabiltation at the Auckland Spinal Unit, many people in Thames have been working to raise money for him. 

In mid-October, there’ll be a Black Tie, three-course dinner and auction at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre. The 25 tables, which seat ten people each, are already sold out.  There will be celebrity speakers from the rugby world, including Dave Rennie, Graham Mourie, and Dan Buckingham, and special guests Bryan Williams and Anthony Boric.

Support4Keenan group member Karen Murphy said planning the fundraising events had been a real team effort with input from Thames High School, the New Zealand Rugby Foundation, and the generous and supportive Thames community.

Other fundraisers for Keenan include:

  • A mufti day at Thames High School, which raised over $2000. Students also made a video which appeared on Breakfast on TV1.
  • Pak’n’Save collected donations at its checkouts over 3 weeks and raised more than $10,000.
  • And a Givealittle campaign has so far raised close to $6,000. 

All of this financial support will help Keenan with his ongoing rehabilitation.