Pot Bellied Pigs are gluttons for fund-raising

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 March, 2010, 12:00am

The PIG economies - Portugal, Italy and Greece - might be in trouble, but the Pot Bellied Pigs have had a bumper year.

'The Pot Bellied Pigs RFC have been very busy in the past few months,' says Anson Bailey, the president of the lively troupe spotted in the KPMG box. 'The economy has been tough but that hasn't stopped us from raising a huge amount of money for various charities.

'We raised HK$350,000 for the Bahay Bata Centre for Street Children, Duyan Ni Maria Orphanage three hours drive north of Manila in Pampanga province, and the PRFU [Philippine Rugby Football Union] development fund from our Fat Boy Tens with payment being transferred this month.

'On the tour front, we've just been to the Manila Tens, attended the Kowloom RugbyFest tournament and dinner on Wednesday and hosted the Bali Memorial Game at HKFC yesterday with guest players John Bentley and Doddie Weir.'

Bailey is a firm believer that even in tough economic times, the rugby show must go on. At the Sevens, there are teams from 24 nations, and Bailey and his buddies are planning rugby tours equally as diverse this year. 'Tours this year being discussed by the Pot Bellied Pigs include Phuket, Nepal, Shanghai, Vietnam, Kazakhstan and even possibly North Korea,' he said. So saying, Bailey trotted off into the sunset, but didn't disappear. Even without his loud pink Pot Bellied Pigs camo shirt, Bailey can't be missed, he's built like the proverbial BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) out-house.