Star striker Paul Ifill has given Wellington Phoenix fans plenty to shout about over the past two seasons.
The Barbados international has thrilled them game after game with his exciting dribbling skills and stunning goals, and now he hopes they will turn out to cheer him on as he continues his comeback from a serious leg injury with a run for charity.
Ifill, along with close friend and fellow footballer Ollie Rowland (Wellington Olympic), will run the Adidas 10km event at the Harbour Capital marathon on Sunday June 19.
Fittingly the 10km will start, at 9.15am, from the Fran Wilde Walkway in front of Westpac Stadium where Ifill has regularly strutted his stuff to the delight of the Phoenix faithful. "I looked at doing the half marathon but with the stage I am at in my rehabilitation that may have been a bit too much," Ifill said.
"I"ve never done this type of run before, but I ran 7 ½ kilometres last week so I'm confident I will be able to do 10 on the day."
Ifill will be running for Sunshine Style NZ in aid of Cure Kids.
It is a cause close to the striker's heart. Last year he and his partner Elle Isaac launched a t-shirt design competition on www.sunshinestyle.co.nz in memory of their one-year-old cousin George on behalf of Cure Kids.
He will be wearing the winning t-shirt design - which bears the Cure Kids message "HOPE" for the run.
"It would be nice if Phoenix fans could turn up on the day to show their support, or make a donation to a great cause."
Donations can be made on the donation page at everydayhero.co.nz/paul_ifill.