Do­na­tions add bounce to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties

Pilbara News - - Sport - Louise Alling­ham

Ru­ral Health West has do­nated 150 sports balls to be dis­trib­uted across WA in an ini­tia­tive to pro­mote health and fit­ness among the State’s ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Fifty soc­cer balls, bas­ket­balls and foot­balls have been pro­vided to Fair Game, a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion that works to in­spire phys­i­cal, men­tal and so­cial well­be­ing among chil- dren in indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

Fair Game founder John van Bock­xmeer said he was “thrilled to re­ceive the do­na­tions.”

Fair Game will be em­bark­ing on road trips through­out the year, dis­tribut­ing a large num­ber of foot­balls in com­mu­ni­ties such as Strel­ley, New­man, South Hed­land, Ji­ga­long, Mar­ble Bar, Nul­lagine and Yande­yarra.

“We do six to 10 trips a year, go­ing to com­mu­ni­ties our­selves and take re­cy­cled equip­ment based on what the com­mu­ni­ties need,” Mr van Bock­xmeer said.

“The first one is in about a month’s time — we are go­ing out towards Yande­yarra, New­man and Ji­ga­long.”

Ru­ral Health West pro­vided 600 more sports balls to sev­eral not-for-profit re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tions in an ini­tia­tive to en- courage coun­try doc­tors to com­plete and re­turn their an­nual GP sur­veys. One sports ball per re­turned sur­vey was pro­vided.

Ac­cord­ing to Ru­ral Health West’s Jes­sica Woolf­son, the ini­tia­tive was a huge suc­cess.

“We had a rate of re­turn over 75 per cent,” she said.

“We don’t usu­ally get such a high rate of re­turn, so we’re re­ally happy with that.”

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