VISITORS to the free whanau day at Rex Morpeth Park in Whakatane have the chance to find this trailer load of food and prizes.

THE Man Up and Legacy Tour of Duty ride will travel through Opotiki on Saturday.

There are approximately 100 riders from around the country and dozens of supporters involved in the ride, which has a goal of reducing Maori offending.

On Friday, the riders will be part of a free whanau day at Rex Morpeth Park in Whakatane that is expected to attract more than 1000 people.

Man Up Coastline co-ordinator Dean Davis said the event would include 1000 free hangi, free barbecued steak sandwiches, free rides for children, free entry to win a trailer load of food, prizes and a lot more.

On Saturday, riders and supporters will travel to Opotiki and then on to Gisborne where the tour will end.

“We have a great line up as our riders and supporters travel through our towns. We will have a free barbecue in Opotiki as well as prizes and most importantly, people will get to meet and listen to the stories of our men and women who have changed their lives since joining Man Up or Legacy,” Mr Davis said.

“This tour isn’t about giving a hand out but it’s about giving hope to individuals and whanau to show them that there are people who care no matter what situation you are going through or have been through.”

Man Up has been running successfully in the Eastern Bay for more than three years, while Legacy was launched in March 2017. The empowerment programmes for men and women have been recognised throughout New Zealand and Australia for positive changes in reducing dysfunction within our communities.

There are currently 33 groups that run weekly in the Eastern and Western bays and make up the collective Man Up and Legacy Coastline (covers Te Puke, Kawerau, Te Teko, Whakatane, Ohope, Opotiki and Gisborne areas).