Sky Tv donate $200,000 29 May 2014 The Crusaders' match tonight will be a very special occasion for player Johnny McNicholl and his little brother, 10-year-old Joe Lewis. Shortly before kick-off, West Spreydon Primary - Johnny's former school, which Joe now attends -will receive a $200,000 cheque from SKY TV to repair the school's hugely popular community swimming pool
The school suffered a double blow in the February 2011 quake. After being under threat of closure for years, the pool had just been repaired by scores of volunteers, with a big opening celebration held on 17 February. Five days later, Christchurch was devastated and the newly-restored pool was destroyed. With SKY's donation, West Spreydon hopes to have the pool back in action next summer for school swimming lessons and for families to use during the Christmas holidays.
The giant cheque will be presented tonight to Joe and school board member Bridgit Veenings by Scotty "Sumo" Stevenson.
The gift is part of SKY's $1 million five-year commitment to help repair Christchurch after the earthquakes, with the money ear-marked for schools and sports projects.