Stu­dents aim to boot goal

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

SUP­PORTED BY OR­ANGE AU­TOS A GROUP of high school stu­dents are col­lect­ing foot­ball boots to do­nate to play­ers in in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

The Em­manuel Catholic Col­lege stu­dents were in­spired while on an im­mer­sion pro­gram to War­mun in the Kim­ber­ley re­gion ear­lier this year.

“We were lucky enough to watch one of the last foot­ball car­ni­vals of the year,” stu­dent Joe Wa­ters said.

“Our War­mun team had so much tal­ent, but were dis­ad­van­taged from the mo­ment they stepped on the field be­cause only a few had foot­ball boots.”

That en­cour­aged stu­dents to set up Boots for the Boys, to even the play­ing field by do­nat­ing boots to the play­ers that need them.

“Foot­ball is such a huge part of the in­dige­nous cul­ture in the Kim­ber­ley,” he said.

“Boots or no boots, they would never miss a chance to play our great game.

“Two of the play­ers had foot­ball boots and they were shared around so ev­ery­one had the op­por­tu­nity to play in them and this made me re­alise just how much they would ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing able to play foot­ball in some boots.”

Joe said the group had man­aged to gather 40 pairs of boots thanks to the help of the lo­cal school com­mu­nity, plus do­na­tions from St Jerome’s Pri­mary School, Mater Christi Pri­mary School and from the pub­lic.

“We hope to send the first lot of boots in the next month or so but we plan to col­lect more next year to send to other com­mu­ni­ties that may be in need,” he said.

For in­for­ma­tion search Boots for the Boys on Face­book.

Em­manuel Catholic Col­lege stu­dent Joe Wa­ters with some of the do­nated boots.

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