RDA assistant coach Kelly Craig, head coach Pam Harwood and Tasman Rugby Union marketing manager Les Edwards. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Mako giving back to RDA


The Tasman Mako are still putting smiles on the community’s faces, weeks after its inaugural premiership title win.

The 2019 Mitre 10 Cup champions have gifted one of its prized jerseys to Nelson’s Riding for Disabled to help raise funds for the popular charity.

Tasman Rugby Union marketing manager Les Edwards says, while the Mako usually donate to the rugby community such as clubs and schools, the RDA struck a chord.

“Here are some people in real need of money to look after the horses and riders needing therapy so we are delighted to be involved.”

The charity helps children and adults, many whom have intellectual or physical disabilities, grow through the experience of riding a horse or pony.

The Tasman Rugby Union gifted a Mako jersey to RDA complete with the signatures of the squad, which will be auctioned on TradeMe.

“This was the undefeated season so if anyone wants a signed Mako jersey, this is the one to get.”

RDA head coach Pam Harwood says the funds they raise will go toward the purchase of new ponies as demand for their service continues to grow.

“We currently have 53 on our role with more starting next term, it keeps creeping up, so we are also needing more volunteers.”

Pam hopes Mako fans support what she says is a very worthy cause.

“We have a lot of strong rugby fans in Nelson, so we are just hoping they come on board.”

She says the charity is wide reaching with their youngest rider just three-years-old and their oldest 63.

Les says the RDA a great asset to the community.

“And we are the community’s team, so this is our way to give back.”

To register your interest in volunteering at RDA contact 546 6366