8 year-old’s good deeds rewarded with visit from All Blacks

An 8-year-old student at Marian Catholic school in Hamilton has been rewarded for his good deeds by getting a visit from some All Blacks.

When he was just 6 years old a Byron Casson asked himself, “If people can’t afford canned food, how can they afford a can opener?”

So he set up a lemonade stand in his neighbourhood over two weekends and eventually raised enough money for around 50 can openers.

Now 8, Byron recently came to the aid a member of a team he was playing against.

“While playing soccer, a girl in the opposition who was playing goalkeeper was hit very hard in the face,” said Byron’s father Ben Casson.

“While the rest of our team retreated, Byron sat by the girl comforting her until her coach arrived.”

“She was quite tough, for her age and how little she was,” Byron said.

“She got up, had a few tears, wiped her face and she was ready to play again.”

“It’s important to look out to people. You do want to be kind, loving, and help the people who need help.”

Byron’s attitude has been noticed, and he has been rewarded with visit from three All Blacks.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Liam Squire and Anton Lienert-Brown visited Byron’s school last Friday.

They presented him with a certificate and an All Blacks jersey for being one of three winners of Sanitarium’s Weet-Bix ‘Nominate Your Champion’ awards.


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