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Bombers assist Bunyip

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Essendon and Geelong have today offered their support to residents of the regional Bunyip community, following the recent devasting bushfires in the Gippsland district, south-east of Victoria. 

Both clubs have today announced the donation of thousands of tickets to local football clubs in the Bunyip region, as well as free tickets to all affected families in the recent bushfire zone, for the round seven clash between the Bombers and Cats at the MCG which coincides with the annual Powercor Country Festival in May.

On Wednesday morning, Essendon legend Kevin Sheedy was on hand at the Pakenham fire station to meet local representatives of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) before visiting the areas affected by the recent bushfires in the Bunyip region.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers across the local district have also been formally invited to take part in the round seven pre-match ceremony in May. 

Essendon and Geelong last week formally launched the 2019 Powercor Country Festival campaign, which will recognise the contribution regional and rural communities make to the state of Victoria.

Country Festival mastermind Sheedy said Wednesday’s visit to the affected region was poignant.

“It was incredibly moving to be in the Bunyip region today after the recent devastation. They’re doing it tough there,” he said. 

“There are a significant number of resources committed to tackling these fires, and the impact of this natural disaster has been purely devastating – we saw that first-hand by visiting families and volunteers who have been impacted by these horrific bushfires over recent weeks. 

“Over the past decades, many local football clubs across Victoria have had to face serious difficulties as a result of drought, bushfires and floods so where we can make days a little brighter through the power of football, we will. 

“The Powercor Country Festival gives us the opportunity to recognise all those from regional communities who make our state great so there was a really meaningful alignment with today’s visit to the Bunyip region and both clubs in Essendon and Geelong will continue to provide support to the district over the coming months.”