Donations add bounce to rural communities
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.”