Have a ball help­ing

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

FOR Wil­lagee dad Rob De Azevedo, help­ing other chil­dren is what keeps him go­ing.

The fa­ther-of-two, who runs soc­cer pro­gram Ju­nior Goals, has been men­tor­ing young bud­ding soc­cer stars for years and is look­ing to give back through the re­lease of his chil­dren’s pic­ture book Bola’s (mean­ing ball in Por­tuguese) First Christ­mas.

Writ­ten and il­lus­trated by the 37year-old, the book is an ode to his Por­tuguese her­itage and tells the story of “Bola de Fute­bal”, the pro­gram’s mas­cot, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Christ­mas. Mr De Azevedo hopes sales of the book ahead of the fes­tive sea­son will help chil­dren less for­tu­nate liv­ing in Bali’s Jodie O’Shea Or­phan­age.

“We will be sell­ing our Ju­nior Goals Christ­mas Book this term and all pro­ceeds are go­ing to the Or­phan­age,” Mr De Azevedo said.

“Last time we sold more than 300 books and this year we are aim­ing for 500.

“In our pro­gram we have weekly themes, such as di­nosaurs, un­der the sea, Aus­traliana, where chil­dren learn dif­fer­ent soc­cer skills.

“This term is based around ‘the Christ­mas spirit’, so the chil­dren are en­cour­aged to do some­thing dif­fer­ent each week to spread the mes­sage, such as us­ing their man­ners, shar­ing, draw­ing some­one a pic­ture, pack­ing away their toys.

“We try to teach the chil­dren that Christ­mas is not just about what presents we will be get­ting, but more im­por­tantly about what we can give and do to make the peo­ple we love happy. Most im­por­tantly that we do not need to buy any­body any­thing and we can show them our love with our ac­tions and be­hav­iour.

“My thought was what could I do to show them by ex­am­ple, so de­cided to in­cor­po­rate the pro­gram (and draw­ing the theme of each week) into a colour­ing book.”

Mr De Azevedo said giv­ing back to oth­ers less for­tu­nate was the real cur­rency in life and was grate­ful to live in a coun­try like Aus­tralia.

Next year he hopes to de­liver a de­cent amount of money to the chil­dren in Bali, as well as in­tro­duce them to his soc­cer pro­gram.

“Last time we raised money, we build a new stor­age room they des­per­ately needed,” he said.

“This time I will run the pro­gram for the chil­dren there at the or­phan­age and will hand the money over to the owner of the or­phan­age.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram or to buy the book, visit www.ju­nior­goals.com.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d476482

In­di­ana and Fynn Clack­son with Rob De Azevedo.

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