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Trust Fund For Lomu’s Children Set Up By New Zealand Players’ Union

The New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) have set up a trust fund for Jonah Lomu’s children following the passing of the All Blacks legend last month. 

The trust, named the Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust, has been set up after Lomu’s untimely death last month.

Rob Nichol, chief executive of the NZRPA, told the association’s official website that Lomu’s generosity meant ‘he had taken on obligations, financial and otherwise, to support others at the expense of himself, Nadene and the children,’ resulting in this trust being set up to help Lomu’s children’s ‘development, welfare and education.’

“With the cooperation of those assisting Jonah’s immediate family and using our own professional advisers we have a reasonable picture of the family’s ongoing financial situation following Jonah’s passing.

“While the probate of the estate will take some time, we know enough to realise that the family will not be able to rely on any financial proceeds or ongoing financial benefit.

“It appears that because of Jonah’s well-known generosity, he had taken on obligations, financial and otherwise, to support others at the expense of himself, Nadene and the children.

“It is also apparent that his twenty-year illness and long dialysis sessions, multiple times a week affected him far more than people realised, including his ability to work and earn the type of money people probably assumed he was capable of earning.”

Nichol goes on to say:

“Despite his debilitating illness he was unwaveringly optimistic and clearly had faith he would be able to continue working to meet these obligations and to provide for his family.

“Due to his untimely death, we all know this is sadly not to be, and Jonah is now unable to provide for his boys – for their development, welfare and education.

arrives at the Public Memorial for Jonah Lomu at Eden Park on November 30, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Public Memorial for Jonah Lomu at Eden Park on November 30, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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“As we heard in the days following Jonah’s passing he gave so much to the game and sport in general, to people and communities, organisations and charities, around the world. The tributes that followed, such as Eric Rush’s speech on behalf of his rugby colleagues, provided an insight into a man we are all proud of, who was a gift to the game and who really took rugby to the world.

“Jonah was a good man, a proud man and in our own way we within, and outside rugby, have all benefited through his deeds, on and off the field.”

100% of the funds the trust receives will go straight towards the benefit of Lomu’s children, Dhyreille and Brayley and their off-spring.

The trust is to be managed by ‘a team of highly skilled professional individuals who are not related to the Lomu boys or family.’

This kind gesture by the NZRPA means that the future care of one of world rugby’s greatest ever player’s children now looks to be safe.

More information on the trust and how to donate can be found here.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.