Kids kick off char­ity event

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Morgan

Chil­dren from Block­house Bay In­ter­me­di­ate had the chance to hone their soc­cer skills for a good cause last month.

The kids will soon be tak­ing part in the na­tion­wide Kicks For Courage pro­gramme, set up by the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Chil­dren are spon­sored to take part in foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties, with each school keep­ing 20 per­cent of the money raised, and the rest go­ing to the char­ity.

The scheme was launched with a goal-scor­ing con­test fea­tur­ing foun­da­tion am­bas­sador Steve Price and the Welling­ton Phoe- nix mid-fielder Jeremy Christie.

“I’ve got my own kids and am very lucky they don’t have any­thing wrong with them, so I try to help out as much as I can,” Mr Price says.

Teacher in charge of the pro­gramme Kim Vaigalu says it will ben­e­fit the chil­dren in sev­eral ways.

“For our com­mu­nity, there’s a huge in­ter­est in soc­cer, so this re­ally tar­gets and de­vel­ops that. It also sup­ports the foun­da­tion, which works so tire­lessly. They re­cently sup­ported us with the sib­ling of a child who’d passed away.”

Block­house Bay stu­dent Ja­son Boult, 13, who man­aged to sneak one past the goalie on the day, says he’s look­ing for­ward to “hav­ing fun and learn­ing about the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion”.

Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion mar­ket­ing man­ager Olivia Blay­lock says the event was fan­tas­tic, de­spite wet weather forc­ing them into the school hall.

“It was a lot of fun and a great op­por­tu­nity to thank the kids from Block­house Bay In­ter­me­di­ate School for par­tic­i­pat­ing in Kicks for Courage.”

Chil­dren com­pete in the scheme un­til Septem­ber 12, when they get to show off their skills on Na­tional Kicks for Courage Day.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Tak­ing aim: Ja­son Boult shows off his soc­cer skills in front of his class­mates at Block­house Bay In­ter­me­di­ate.

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