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Homecoming is where the heart is for superfan family

An amazing act of human kindness from Vodafone Warriors superfans Patrick and Tim Holmes has enabled a large number of whānau to attend games in the club’s long-awaited Homecoming Series at Mount Smart Stadium starting on July 3.

The initiative, driven by Patrick, benefits fans who wouldn’t normally be able to attend any of the four games for a variety of reasons.

The Holmes family bought a block of tickets to gift to fans for the matches against Wests Tigers, Melbourne, Canterbury Bankstown and Gold Coast.

One family, which has been dealing with a tragedy, was given 10 tickets for the Gold Coast game at the recent Outsole event.

Another example is a father of four who was seriously injured in a road accident in Napier. His best friend is flying them to Auckland with the Holmes family providing tickets for another game.

“It’s our pleasure to help. The Warriors mean so much to my son Patrick, who is Down Syndrome, and myself,” said Rapid Property Group director Tim Holmes.

“Above all, these four home games mean so much to all the supporters, players and staff.”

After the match against Wests Tigers on July 3, the Vodafone Warriors host Melbourne on June 29, Canterbury Bankstown on August 12 and Gold Coast on September 3.

“Thanks to Patrick and Tim, some whānau are getting an amazing koha to attend and watch the Vodafone Warriors,” said Warriors Community Foundation CEO Lincoln Jefferson.

“When we let the families know that they can attend a game their faces light up.”

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