Help­ing kids have a ball

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

RE­COV­ERY: Cow­boy’s Matty Bowen with some of the do­nated balls THE North Queens­land Sports Foun­da­tion has ens ur e d c y c l o ne-hi t c o mmu­ni­ties are still able to have a ball.

Af­ter Cy­clone Yasi ru­ined thou­sands of dol­lars worth of sport­ing equip­ment, the foun­da­tion ral­lied lo­cal com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions to do­nate all they could to help rav­aged town­ships.

NQ Sports Foun­da­tion this week de­liv­ered about 350 balls t o Cas­sowary Coast and Hinch­in­brook com­mu­ni­ties, i nclud­ing s o c c e r b a l l s , n e t b a l l s , rugby league balls, fris­bees and skip­ping ropes.

Foun­da­tion man­ager Col Kenna said he hoped it was just the start of help­ing with the re­cov­ery.

‘ ‘ We r e a l i s e t h a t t h e schools and clubs will need a lot more equip­ment to fully re­cover, how­ever the equip­ment that has been do­nated will help the youth of the area get through this pe­riod be­fore full fund­ing is ap­proved,’’ he said.

‘ ‘ With many s p o r t i ng codes right in the mid­dle of launch­ing their 2011 sea­sons, it’s vi­tal for the kids to still be able to kick a footy around, jump rope or throw a fris­bee for their mate.’’

Do­na­tions came from the foun­da­tion, North Queens­land Cow­boys, the Heart Foun­da­tion, Aus­tral i a n Sports Com­mis­sion and the North Queens­land Fury.

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