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Infor and Crusaders give back – February 2017

Infor has sponsored the Crusaders, the winningest team in Super Rugby history, since 2015. The company has had a global partnership with Habitat for Humanity since early 2012, providing employees time off to join in the fight against poverty. This is the second time Infor has brought these two partners together in the Christchurch area, and was Habitat New Zealand's first foray into providing maintenance relief to an existing family home.

In a 1-day blitz, Infor volunteers and the BNZ Crusaders rugby team swept in with Habitat for Humanity's Brush with Kindness program to work some much-needed home maintenance for the single, working mom and her 7 children ages 2 to 16 in Christchurch, New Zealand.


There are many cases of low-income homeowners who are unable to pay for basic maintenance to their house because they can hardly afford their weekly expenses. In the case of Rose Beattie and her children, there are some urgent repairs needed, such as installing ventilation, insulation, and a lockable external door, that will make their home life happier, healthier, and safer.

Peter Taylor General Manager, Habitat for Humanity Christchurch

During the build

New Zealand's popular current affairs TV program, "The Project," was on-hand to film the progress and transformation, interviewing Rose and her children, members of the Crusaders, and the Infor volunteers.

The day ended with a well-earned BBQ feast, kindly cooked by the Crusaders, including Kieran Read, Israel Dagg, and Matt Todd who, in addition to playing for the Crusaders, are members of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Champion team - the New Zealand All Blacks. Also present was Tom Christie, a future Crusaders superstar and recipient of the Infor University Rugby Scholarship. Friends from the surrounding neighborhood joined in to celebrate Rose's shiny renewed home and meet the sports superstars.

"I love the sense of camaraderie that Habitat and the Crusaders engendered, and I loved working alongside my fellow Infor volunteers from Australia, New Zealand, and the US," said Caitlin Reidy, Infor's director of communications & social. "It was a day for teambuilding and problem solving. I'm sure many of us mastered the art of painting. Our wrists may have been sore, but our technique perfected! Who can forget John Smith, who stepped off the ladder straight into a full bucket of white paint?"

Helping the Firefighter community

In the weeks before the build, with the Christchurch area still recovering from the earthquakes, bushfires ravaged the region, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,000 people in the Port Hills area north of Christchurch and causing one fatality. Infor funded 400 tickets to the Crusaders season opener for the local firefighters and volunteer firefighters who worked to put out the blaze. The Crusaders provided food and drink, and special recognition for the crews during the game.

"With all that the Christchurch area has been through over the past several years, including the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and the recent fires in Port Hills, the community has turned to the Crusaders as a source of inspiration, motivation, and positivity," said Dan Barnhardt, Infor's vice president of Corporate Communications and PR, who worked on the Beattie house. "Infor is proud to do what we can to foster this relationship and support the community, including donating tickets for firefighters to enjoy the Crusaders season opener, participating in a joint Habitat for Humanity project, and through our software, which powers the Crusaders' fan experience and engagement."

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What a great cause. That's the whole reason we love what we do as Crusaders, and with the fans, because we know how much it means to them. There are a lot of people around Christchurch and Canterbury region, and if we can have a small part to play by putting a smile on someone's face, then we certainly want to do that.

Kieran Read Blindside flanker for the Crusaders and Captain of the world champion All Blacks,

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Free Super Rugby tickets for fire fighters

Four hundred fire fighters and Civil Defence staff will get to see the Crusaders opening Super Rugby match against the Brumbies at AMI Stadium for free on Saturday.

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A Brush with kindness for Christchurch family

A Christchurch family will receive a helping hand with some much-needed home maintenance this Tuesday, thanks to Infor and Habitat for Humanity.

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Thanks to our people

Congratulations to all those involved on an overwhelmingly successful event—particularly Infor employees who volunteered their time for a week to help with the build:

  • Leo Valaris
  • Rachel Hui
  • Sonya Walker
  • Matt Addley
  • Sharon Jackson
  • Brynnel Dubey
  • Caitlin Reidy
  • Dan Barnhardt
  • Peter Hastorf
  • Peter Gagnon
  • Mel Bagnato
  • Liam Ryan
  • Patrick Davis
  • Michael Brown
  • Gavin Lawless
  • Greg Hooper
  • Mike Ward
  • Crusaders team + development academy