Don’t miss! An evening with Doug Avery

Friday 3 November

Published on Sunday, October 29, 2017

The BOP Rural Support Trust is holding an evening out for the rural community at the Little Theatre in Whakatane on Friday 3 November from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Come and hear Doug Avery share his powerful story of how he turned his Marlborough farm – and his life – around.

He has some great tips for all of us dealing with what life throws at us.

Tickets are $10 each, from Paper Plus on the Strand in Whakatane. Light refreshments will be served and Doug’s book “The resilient farmer” will be on sale.

If you need some help or you’re are concerned about someone close to you in rural Bay of Plenty, then you can call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.

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Author: Terri Anderson

Categories: National, Bay of Plenty




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