Trust launched to support Jonah Lomu's children

Nearly one month after the death of global rugby legend Jonah Lomu, the New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) has established the Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust to support his two boys.

In a statement released this morning, NZRPA's chief executive Rob Nichol said, "With the cooperation of those assisting Jonah’s immediate family and using our own professional advisers we have a reasonable picture of the family’s ongoing financial situation following Jonah’s passing,"

“It appears that because of Jonah’s well-known generosity, he had taken on obligations, financial and otherwise, to support others at the expense of himself, Nadene and the children."

Nichol goes on to say how Jonah's illness took a toll on him, “It is also apparent that his twenty-year illness and long dialysis sessions, multiple times a week affected him far more than people realised, including his ability to work and earn the type of money people probably assumed he was capable of earning."  

The Trust excludes Jonah's wife, Nadene from having any control over the funds, however, she is still able to apply for money to help raise their two sons, Dhyreille, 6, and Brayley, 5.

Trust will be managed by a team of "highly skilled professional individuals' who are related to the Lomu boys or family. They will ensure every cent raised will go solely towards the two boys and their children.

One of the Trustees is rugby great, Michael Jones. He believes that establishing the Trust was the right thing to do, considering the great legacy Jonah has left behind.

"Jonah always said his greatest fear was not being around to see his sons turn twenty-one. We feel there is no better way to honour his legacy and all he has done for rugby and New Zealand than to provide for what mattered most to Jonah, the future of Brayley and Dhyreille," Jones says.

Jones adds that there are many people around the world who would like to "return the generosity, honour Jonah's legacy and help his boys in a trusted and meaningful way."

If you would like to support the Trust and make a donation, visit the Jonah Lomu Legacy website. You can also donate through the ASB Bank or online via the Jonah Lomu Legacy bank account. The details are below.

For New Zealand donations:
Account name: Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust
Account number: 12-3647-0022925-00

For International donations:
ASB Swift Code: ASBBNZ2A
Bank name: ASB Bank
Bank Address: ASB Head Office, 12 Jellicoe Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
Account name: Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust
Account number: 12-3647-0022925-00