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Bay of Plenty Rugby pay it forward with the Edge Zone

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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District Recovery Manager Julie Gardyne, Whakatāne District Mayor Tony Bonne, Bay of Plenty Rugby Union's David Pearce, Councillor Mike Van der Boom and Recovery Community Team Lead Barbara Dempsey.
Photo Supplied by: Whakatāne District Council

With the Mitre 10 Cup kicking off this weekend the Bay of Plenty Steamers first home game against Hawke’s Bay will see the introduction of The Edge Zone. An initiative we to support the Edgecumbe community alongside the wider Whakatāne community who have been affected by the April floods.
The Edge Zone will see 250 tickets donated by the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union for the Bay of Plenty Steamers first three Mitre 10 Cup home fixtures held at Rotorua International Stadium. 
Earlier this year the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union pledged the assistance of our supporters to assist with the Edgecumbe appeal. The Chiefs franchise along with a number of local rugby clubs, schools, kindergartens and families contributed an abundance of food, rugby balls and clothing to the affected Eastern Bay communities.
Upon delivery our players and staff were overwhelmed with the response they received in the midst of the devastation around the community said Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike Rogers.
“When our High Performance players delivered the goods we gathered for the wider Whakatāne community, the volunteers and recipients were extremely grateful. The group had created a buzz among those affected with Steamers flags being proudly waved and Steamers rugby balls being passed around. We knew the group was proud Bay of Plenty supporters in the midst of so much devastation,” said Rogers.
“We are in a position to provide the community with a chance to enjoy themselves and reward those who have been affected by the floods including volunteers that have provided their time to assist families and friends get back on their feet,” finished Rogers.
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union would also like to thank our media partners; Mediaworks Rotorua who are proudly supporting The Edge Zone.
Bay of Plenty Steamers Fixtures and Ticket Collection Information:
Friday 25 August Bay of Plenty v Hawke’s Bay at Rotorua International Stadium, 5.45pm
Thursday 31 August Bay of Plenty v Wellington at Rotorua International Stadium, 7.35pm
Wednesday 20 September Bay of Plenty v Southland at Rotorua International Stadium, 7.35pm
The Whakatāne District Council run Recovery Office is assisting with ticket distribution.
Tickets are available: Wednesday 16 August – Friday 17 August from 9.00am till 4.00pm at Te Tari Awhina – Edgecumbe Library and from 11am – 2.00pm Monday 21 August at Whakatāne District Council, Commerce Street.
Tickets available for those in red or yellow flood-affected properties and people will need to bring proof of address to collect their tickets.

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