An auction set up by All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara to support a friend injured in a freak accident during a Muay Thai fight on the weekend has reached $3,000.
Perenara threw his support behind Porirua kickboxer Ra Radden after he suffered a serious spinal injury while fighting last Saturday with a donation to Radden's Givealittle page as well as setting up an auction for one of his Test jersey's on TradeMe.
"My long time friend Ra Redden was competing in Muay Thai when he was involved in a freak accident," Perenara posted on his social media.
"I am auctioning off my test jersey to raise additional funds to go towards supporting Ra and his whanau.
"The journey ahead will be difficult, but any support we can provide will help.
"The jersey is from the All Blacks vs Argentina test match on 30 September 2017 in Buenos Aires. The winner of the auction can decide whether or not they would like me to sign it also."
TJ Perenara of New Zealand runs with the ball during match between New Zealand and Argentina as part of Rugby Championship 2016.
Radden, 26, was fighting for the light middleweight title against Gene Elbourne at the Honour 15 Muay Thai tournament at the Porirua Kennel Club when the accident happened.
Family spokesperson Mike Angove told the NZ Herald that Radden and Elbourne both hit the canvas during a reverse twist.
"Both fighters fell heavily with Ra on the bottom and Ra's head was on a really unfortunate angle and he sustained a neck injury," said Angove.
Redden received emergency surgery at Wellington Hospital to relieve pressure on his spinal cord after he fractured and twisted one of his vertebrae before he was flown to Burwood Spinal Unit in Christchurch for specialised care.
The auction, which currently sits at $3,000 after outdoing the old leading bid of $2,200 this morning, closes tomorrow night at 8:30pm.
The auction could be extended by Perenara.