Sonny Bill Williams’ mouth-guard up for auction at school fair

An Island Bay school is hopeful the signed mouth-guard of New Zealand rugby legend Sonny Bill Williams will attract plenty of bids at its biennial fair this Sunday.

The signed mouth-guard moulded especially for Williams was donated to St Frances de Sales School by McKeefry Dental.

Williams ordered it for the World Rugby Sevens Series last year but a mix-up meant that an extra mouth-guard was made.

Both were sent to Williams with a note asking if he could sign and return one to the dentist for donation to a local school, which he did.

McKeefry Dental Owner, Angela McKeefry, has been holding onto the mouth-guard ever since, waiting for an opportunity to donate it to her children’s school.

Dentist Sally Woods, who worked on the mouth-guard, thought the donation might be more exciting if it were a medal, but said it would still be a coveted item.

“It’s pretty cool.  People like to have celebrities’ stuff,” she said.

The mouth-guard will be sold in the silent auction, along with over 80 other items including a football shirt signed by former All White and Wellington Phoenix goalie Mark Patson.

Fair-goers will also be able to test their football skills against Patson in the Beat the Goalie game.

Fair committee member Jane Leogreen said it was expecting attendees “in the thousands”.

The event, renowned for its food stalls, will also have children’s games, the popular Easter raffle and many crafts and pre-loved goods stalls.

Funds raised from the fair will go towards new furniture for the school’s junior and middle school classrooms.

The St Frances de Sales School fair will be held this Sunday, March 26 between 11am and 2pm at 11 Mersey Street, Island Bay.

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