Helping kids have a ball
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.