Black Caps Bat strikes Christchurch man with awe

Black Caps Bat strikes Christchurch man with awe

Winner of ANZ Diwali Cricket Prize
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Auckland, December 9, 2019

JayKumar Patel (second from left) with (from left) ANZ Business Banking Manager Johnson Karathra, Regional Manager Nigel He, Banking Consultant Kishor Ghorpade and Branch Manager Tracy Wu. (Picture Supplied)

JayKumar Patel had no idea that he was about to become the proud owner of a Cricket bat signed by the Black Caps when he filled in an ANZ questionnaire at the 2019 Diwali Market Day in Christchurch.

“It is a great feeling to have won, I am a big Cricket fan and I will be putting the bat to good use, thanks to ANZ,” he said.

Mr Patel said that he visits the Christchurch Diwali Festival every and that it is a great way to celebrate his culture and the Indian community in New Zealand.

Locals attending the Festival could enter the competition at the ANZ stall.

Of several hundred entries, JayKumar’s name was randomly selected as the winner.

Growing event

The Christchurch Diwali Market Day, sponsored by ANZ since 2016, has seen significant growth since its inception in 2008 and now sees more than 20,000 visitors each year.  

ANZ also sponsors Diwali festivals in Wellington and Invercargill, which were held this year on November 24 and October 19, respectively.

“It is a privilege to support the Diwali festivals that bring so much joy to our communities and a cultural diversity that enriches New Zealand,” Cassandra Lee, ANZ Senior Manager, Migrant Business and Community Development said.

“As migration grows in New Zealand, the vibrant, hardworking and forward-thinking Indian community plays an increasingly significant role in our national identity,” she said.

ANZ also celebrates Diwali through special staff and customer events held across New Zealand.

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