There were smiles from ear to ear at Kidz First Children's Hospital yesterday as half a dozen Blues players spent their morning meeting patients and staff.
Players took part in a number of activities, signing autographs and giving out Blues goodies. The Kidz First playroom was a hive of activity as players did face painting, made cards and played various board and video games with patients.
Daniel Braid, George Moala, Steven Luatua and Lachie Munro all received make-overs with patients painting their faces while other players also visited patients in the surgical and medical wards.
Blues captain Keven Mealamu said players were always more than happy to take time out to visit the hospital.
“It’s never a hassle for us, being our day off doesn’t matter, it’s something nice to do and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to come up here and see kids who are a little bit less fortunate," Mealamu said.
“Yes, we are going through some tough times on the field in the Blues but for some of these children they’re really going through tough times in this hospital, what the Blues have been going through just doesn’t compare."
Kidz First staff commented that the Blues visit is always a highlight for patients and they are thrilled with the way the players are able to lift the spirits of the youngsters.