World Referee of the Year supports Changing Lives
Wednesday 20 November saw a spectacular evening held by the RGS Foundation, a real once in a lifetime opportunity where we hosted the Dream Steam Social with Wayne Barnes, 2019 International Referee of the Year, who had recently returned from the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Once again, this event was held by the incredibly hospitable Stephen Chenery (RGS 1982-1985), owner of Steam Wine Bar. Stephen went all out to host members of the Reigatian community to help raise vital support for the Changing Lives Campaign. We are delighted to announce it was a spectacular success with over £16,000 being raised on the evening for this important cause.
A gifted and natural speaker, Wayne produced a candid and articulate account of his early days as a referee in his beloved Forest of Dean, right the way through to being officially voted as the third most hated man in New Zealand!! (behind Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussain) Quite a journey!
Our thanks to Stephen for hosting this fantastic event and to Wayne Barnes for generously taking the time out to join us and give us a taste of what rugby on the international stage is like. Most importantly, thank you to everyone that attended and charitably supported the evening, it was a resounding success.
With such a popular evening, we will be planning a similar event in 2020, so keep an eye out to get your tickets booked early.