01 July 2021

The Awarua Synergy Team are hosting a Housie fundraiser for a team member’s son who is recovering after a heart transplant operation in June.

Awarua Synergy team member Soul Riki’s son George Riki-Pennicott is recuperating in Auckland following the operation.

George was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy back in 2019. He was placed onto a treatment plan that would reduce his heart’s workload. Unfortunately, this treatment plan was not as effective as George’s specialist hoped for.

Earlier this year, George began to deteriorate and was placed on the active list for a heart transplant. Before George got a new heart, he deteriorated again and had to have a device attached to his heart (LVAD). This did most of the work of pumping blood around George’s body.

George and his parents, Soul Riki and Waneta Pennicott-Riki, have been living in Auckland since the middle of April while the rest of the family live in Invercargill. George recently open heart surgery to get a new heart.

George and his parents will continue to live in Auckland for the next 2-3 months while he recovers.

Awarua Synergy chief executive Sumaria Beaton said they would love a big crowd to support Soul’s whanau at the Housie evening on July 9 at the Star Rugby Club from 6pm.

The Awarua team have donated some of their annual leave and supported other fundraising activities, she said.

“We have also reached out to our suppliers and asked if they could donate prizes for our Housie fundraising evening. We have had an overwhelming response from our suppliers and plenty of awesome prizes that are up for grabs. All funds raised will be donated to Soul’s whanau.”

Amazing prizes donated so far included Oysters from Fowlers Wild Oysters, and vouchers from Countdown, Mini Dig This, The Auction House Café, Mitre10, Prezzy Cards, petrol vouchers, Chey Beauty, E Hayes, Kankis, Somewhat Green, and other household items such as candles, an outdoor patio heater, hats, beanies, basketball tickets, a gift basket, fried bread, baking, a massage, and a traditional Maori healing voucher.


Date: Friday 9th July 2021
Place: Star Rugby Club, Invercargill
Time 6.00pm doors open and game start 6.30pm

To purchase tickets, visit our Facebook or click this link here

Big thanks to our sponsors to date:

Fowlers Wild Oysters, Mammoth Insulation, Focus Computers, McCulloch & Partners, Janice Hughes Book Keeping, GK Services, Southland Copies Company, Community Energy Network, Transport World, Mitre 10, Quantum Print, Yunca, Mitsubishi Christchurch office, Te Runaka o Awarua, Te Rau Aroha Marae, Chey Beauty, Kai Down Under, Safety 1st, Ideal Services, Kai Down Under, Whanau consultancy services, Findex, Today’s Building Solutions, Tuatara, C Brown Builders, Pippa Hakopo and Media Works.

A Givealittle page has also been set up:

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