Kids get boots, foot­ball gear

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

A DO­NA­TION from a Perth Demons sup­porter will help kids liv­ing in the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley kick goals.

Demons sup­porter and spon­sor Barry Mather and his wife Dianne do­nated foot­ball boots to the Kicks 4 Kidz ini­tia­tive at Lath­lain Park on Fri­day.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion hands out foot­ball gear to indige­nous chil­dren as an in­cen­tive to do well at school.

Mr Mather said he de­cided to do­nate the gear af­ter see­ing sto­ries about the ini­tia­tive.

“I’ve got five young boys who have played with the South Perth Ju­nior Foot­ball Club, Trin­ity Col­lege and four of them played at var­i­ous lev­els with the Demons,” he said.

“They all go through about a pair ev­ery year so I reckon there were about 100 sets around the house, although some of them were no good.

“We picked out the good ones and the fi­nal count was 29 pairs, which I think is fan­tas­tic, it’s nice to give back.”

Kicks 4 Kidz di­rec­tor and founder Rod Wil­let said many of the chil­dren that ben­e­fited from the ini­tia­tive were pas­sion­ate about foot­ball.

“The foot­ball boots and jumpers are an in­cen­tive to do well at school and fo­cus on their stud­ies and health,” he said. “By at­tend­ing school more reg­u­larly they are given the items, many of which have been do­nated by peo­ple.”

Kicks 4 Kidz founder Rod Wil­let ac­cepts boots from Perth Demons sup­porter Barry Mather and his wife Dianne.

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