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Campbell Live

Richie McCaw's campaign for a young Samoan rugby star

Thursday 12 Aug 2010 7:33 p.m.

Richie McCaw is campaigning for a twenty-one year old Samoan very few kiwis will have heard of.

His name is Ben Leia.

Ben was a brilliant young rugby player until earlier this year when he broke his neck.

If you break your neck in Samoa and your home is one of the villages devastated by the tsunami, you are in real trouble.

There is simply no capacity to care for a tetraplegic there.

So, a group of kiwis, including Richie McCaw, the New Zealand Spinal Trust, specialists from the Burwood Spinal Unit, Habitat, the New Zealand Rugby Players' association, the House of Travel, and many more, have got together to beautifully give Ben a helping hand.

Campbell Live found out more about Richie’s campaign for Ben.

To donate money to help Ben you can text BEN to 3181. That will cost you $3 - and all funds go to The Ben Lei'a Trust C/o The NZ Spinal Trust.

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