Dale Finucane to lead Storm on Bega relief visit

Relief visit: Dale Finucane will return to Bega on Saturday with Melbourne Storm team-mates to visit and help in Brogo, Cobargo and a skills clinic in Tathra. Picture: Getty
Relief visit: Dale Finucane will return to Bega on Saturday with Melbourne Storm team-mates to visit and help in Brogo, Cobargo and a skills clinic in Tathra. Picture: Getty

State of Origin star Dale Finucane will return to his hometown of Bega this weekend.

Finucane will join a number of Storm players to visit the area, while Cameron Smith leads a contingent of players to East Gippsland this weekend as the Melbourne Storm continue their bushfire relief efforts.

Club officials said some of Storm's biggest names will be on the tools across the three days, helping communities recover from the extensive fire damage in the two regions, as well as conducting skills clinics for youngsters and thanking emergency services workers and volunteers.

Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said the visits were about showing the club's support for the two regions, as well as making a meaningful on-the-ground contribution to rebuilding the fire-affected communities.

"I know our players are looking forward to saying hello to the people of Gippsland and the NSW South Coast who are going through such tough times and showing such great resilience," he said.

"This weekend we'll be doing what we can to show our support and these efforts will continue as the NRL season gets underway."

Finucane, who was a Bega Roosters junior, will be joined by Ryan Papenhuyzen, Tui Kamikamica and Aaron Pene on the New South Wales South Coast on Saturday and Sunday (February 22-23).

They will head to Brogo on Saturday morning before spending the afternoon in the beachside town of Tathra.

Junior footballers are invited to part of a rugby league clinic at Tathra Country Club from 2pm followed by a community barefoot bowls evening at Tathra Bowls Club from 4pm.

On Sunday, the Storm contingent will be assigned jobs at the Blaze Aid camp in Cobargo.

Club captain Cameron Smith will also lead further relief efforts in to the devastated East Gippsland areas of Victoria.

Smith will be joined by Queensland State of Origin representatives Felise Kaufusi and Christian Welch plus Isaac Lumelume and Kelma Tuilagi at a skills clinic and community barbecue held in injunction with the Bairnsdale Football and Netball Club at Bairnsdale City Oval from 5.45pm

They will then head to Metung for dinner with local emergency services workers and volunteers.

The community visits are part of Melbourne Storm's range of initiatives to support fire-affected communities.

A club-led Bushfire Appeal Round will coincide with Melbourne's first home game against the Penrith Panthers on March 28.

The game will be a second opportunity for rugby league fans to honour firefighters, volunteers and emergency services personnel following the NRL's league-wide Bushfire Appeal in round one.

Storm members and fans are encouraged to contribute to the Storm's GoFundMe page which has raised almost $30,000 for the Victorian Bushfire Disaster Appeal.

This weekend's activities are part of the NRL's Road to Regions which sees NRL and NRLW players, as well as former stars, embark on a series of visits throughout remote and regional Australia in February.

Storm forward Albert Vete visited the Queensland town of Warwick as part of Road to Regions last week.

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