On Sunday 10th April 2022 I will be running the Brighton marathon for the Matt Ratana rugby foundation.

The Foundation is set up in memory of Matt Ratana who was tragically killed on Friday 25 September 2020 whilst on duty in his role as a Custody Sergeant. Aside from his work in the police, Matt worked tirelessly as rugby coach and mentor to young people. He spoke often to his various teams of the importance of ‘Whanau’, which in Maori means, your community, your family.

The Matt Ratana rugby foundation design and deliver initiatives to support community and schools rugby, both Nationally and Internationally, helping recipients to fulfil their potential through rugby. Funds raised by the Foundation ensure these initiatives focus on embracing the values of rugby and the Rugby family. To do this they use local Training programmes, exchange experience’s and invest in improving equipment and facilities.

Any donations would be greatly appreciated and will be going towards an amazing cause.

Louis Whitling