Two of ASB Classic 2018’s biggest names paid a visit to Ronald McDonald House in Auckland on Sunday to Smash for Cash, raising $2,700 for Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand (RMHC).
Roberto Bautista Agut and Joao Sousa competed to see who could raise the most money for RMHC by hitting tennis balls through holes attached to a dollar value on a makeshift tennis stand. There were three holes valued at $100, $200 or $300 each.
Together the pair raised $2,700 for RMHC, the official charity partner of the ASB Classic 2018.
Families staying at Ronald McDonald House Auckland also got the chance to Smash for Cash as Agut and Sousa helped the children perfect their serve to raise money for the charity.
ASB donated the $2,700 raised to RMHC to support their important work looking after families with children in hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities chief executive Wayne Howett was proud to welcome the two tennis players to Ronald McDonald House in Auckland, just 350 metres from the courts on Stanley Street where the international tournament is taking place.
“Smash for Cash was fantastic, and together the players and families raised much needed money for RMHC New Zealand. The money donated by ASB will help us provide vital accommodation and support to families with a child in hospital away from home,” Mr Howett says.
Ronald McDonald House Auckland families were given the opportunity to meet the tennis players and get their autographs after the tennis activity.