Givit Kids take Soccer Balls to the kids of Tjuntjuntjara

Soccer balls for Tjuntjuntjara

Hey Guys, a big thank you to Juliette Wright, Nikki and the team at Givit for coming up with a great idea for all of the soccer gear donated by Brisbane City Football Club. Givit are

Soccer balls for the kids of Tjuntjuntjara

Soccer balls for the kids of Tjuntjuntjara

taking the gear to the remote Western Australian community of Tjuntjuntjara.  Givit have offered to pay the transport costs to get all the gear out there.

Tjuntjuntjara is an Aboriginal community, located 550 km east of Kalgoorlie.  About 160 people live there.

 

Thanks also to Amart for the extra balls that my mum organised too. The kids out there are going to love all the balls, soccer kits and boots. We’ll give the AFL a run for their money!

Walk to a Better World – soccer balls for kids in Africa

Soccer balls for Matt Napier and ‘Walk to a Better World’

My friend Matt Napier walked across southern Africa kicking a soccer ball in June this year to remind people about the poverty that still exists around the world. We gave Matt

Play It Forward Soccer balls for kids in Africa

Play It Forward Soccer balls for kids in Africa

and his organisation “Walk to a Better World” $1000 for soccer balls to give away to kids as he walked from Namibia to Mozambique. Apparently the soccer balls were a huge hit.  I think Matt went through a few during the trip too.

Matt walked a total of 2,300 km spending less than $1.50 a day.  I don’t think I could’ve done that.  Matt is now talking about the next fundraising trip.

Thanks Matt for “Playing It Forward”. I’m also an ambassador for Walk to a Better World. http://www.walktoabetterworld.com/ambassadors/

 

Soccer Gear from Brisbane City Football Club

Soccer Gear for a Good Cause

Hi Guys, my soccer club, Brisbane City FC, has got some kits and balls to give away. Please

Soccer gear from Brisbane City Football Club

Soccer gear from Brisbane City Football Club

let me know if any of the refugee support groups can use or if a Rotary Club has a shipment ready to go.

There are three boxes of soccer shirts and shorts in adult and kids sizes, as well as a box of tracksuits. There are also about 20 balls (used) and six pairs of boots. They can be collected from my house in Kelvin Grove or Mum can meet you somewhere to drop off.

Thanks to Brisbane City FC for allowing to go to a good cause.

Let me know if anyone has any sports gear that you can’t use or don’t need.  I know heaps of people who are always doing good work around the country and overseas who can use this.

The Bentham Foundation delivered soccer balls to the kids in Nepal

Soccer balls for the kids in Nepal delivered by the Bentham Foundation

Hey Guys

You know I mentioned that I met Mick Bentham, well he sent me some photos of the balls

Mick Bentham with soccer balls for Nepal

Mick Bentham with soccer balls for Nepal

that he’s delivered to the kids in Nepal.  I hear it was a hairy trip at times in a ‘questionable’ bus up some steep slopes.

Thanks Mick!  I know the kids will have a great time with their new soccer balls.  Here’s a picture of their old one.

For more information about the Bentham Foundation you can go to http://benthamfoundation.com.au/

Thanks for helping me to Play It Forward by giving more kids the chance to play soccer.

 

Soccer balls for Haiti – Rotary Club of La Jolla

We got soccer balls into Haiti – thanks to the Rotary Club of La Jolla in the USA

This is the first time we’ve got soccer balls to the kids of Haiti. When I was in California I

Soccer balls for the kids of Haiti.

Soccer balls for the kids of Haiti.

met Lora Fisher from the Rotary Club of La Jolla. Her club offered to take some soccer balls on their mission to Haiti.

Here you can see the guys getting in and playing with the kids. Awesome! Thanks so much to the Rotary Club of La Jolla in California.

Actually it was the donation of $200 from the Rotary Club of Hollywood that we used to pay for the balls. It meant we didn’t have to pay all the bank fees to get the money into $AUD. Thanks so much Guys!!!

Marg Robinson and Ramata Island in the Solomons

Soccer balls for Ramata Island in the Solomons

Hi Guysramata-islands-in-the-solomans

Margaret Robinson has taken soccer balls to the Solomon Islands before and she has gone on another trip.  Of course we were happy to give her as many soccer balls as she could carry.  So Margaret has taken another 25 soccer balls and 25 of my books for the kids on the island.

Ramata Island is only about 4 km long and only 500 metres wide. The island is part of a chain of islands around Marovo Lagoon, the longest island fringed lagoon in the world.  Margaret says it’s really beautiful.

Thanks again Margaret for helping out the kids with soccer balls.  I’m sure they’ll have fun with them.

Soccer balls for Nepal and the Bentham Foundation

Soccer Balls for the Bentham Foundation in Nepal

Mick Bentham and the Bentham Foundation

Mick Bentham and the Bentham Foundation

So when I was at the Rotary Club of Cleveland I met Mick Bentham and he has started the Bentham foundation when he provides help to the kids of Nepal.  Mick said he’d take 50 soccer balls to the kids over there when he goes on his next trip.

Mick visited Nepal for the first time in 2010 and decided he wanted to help the kids to get fresh drinking water and it’s really grown from there.  The Bentham Foundation has bought land and built a school.  I think it’s pretty amazing.

I’ll look forward to Mick’s trip when he takes the soccer balls to the kids.  50 Balls is going to be a fair bit to carry into the hills of Nepal!

 

Tony Zhang – Rotary Peace Fellow visiting from China

My friend – Tony Zhang

Tony Zhang - Rotary Peace Fellow.

Tony Zhang – Rotary Peace Fellow.

Hi Guys, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Tony Zhang. Tony is a Rotary Peace Fellow and he and his wife Jessie have just moved to Brisbane last month. Tony will be studying International Relations at the University of Queensland.

I met Tony through my friends at the Rotary Club of Shanghai, Mr Frank Yih and Mr Randal Eastman. Tony came with us to the Rotary Club of Cleveland and it was a great night.

Tony is interested in Peace Building through Sport – funny that.  Kinda what I’m into!  Anyway Tony is going to do some work with my friends at MDA. MDA settles newly arrived refugees in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.

I’ve learnt a bit about the Rotary Peace Fellowship program.  Those who get into the program get to study Peace Studies at one of the peace centres around the world and get money for their studies and living expenses.  There are only five universities around the world and one of them is the University of Queensland.

I hope you have a great time in Brisbane Tony!

How to get more kids into community projects – my teen toolkit

 

Non Profit Organisations – How to get more kids into community
projects

Teen Toolkit - How to get more kids into community projects

Teen Toolkit – How to get more kids into community projects

 Hi Guys,

I was asked to put together a teen toolkit for non profit organisations to get more kids into community projects.  So I’ve made seven videos on: Why engage with teens, how to introduce teens to community work, raising money, putting into action, recognition and rewards and ‘let’s play it forward’. 

I’ve put together lots of ideas and suggestions for why and how to get kids involved.  It comes down to three things:  It has to be Fun, it has to be with Friends and it has to Feel good.  It’s also important the kids know the rewards of helping others.  Anyway click on the graphic or here and it will take you to our website where you can watch each of the videos or download the transcript. 

Let me know if you have any feedback or ideas.

Mac

World Peace Conference 2016 in the United States

Rotary World Peace Conference 2016

Tim Lee at The World Peace Conference

Tim Lee at The World Peace Conference

The World Peace Conference in California was amazing.  Here’s a picture with Mr Tim Lee from Indiana.  He and his wife, Amy, took soccer balls with them on their trip to Pakistan. This is the ball that the kids signed.

I met so many amazing people at the conference and heard some great speakers.  I met Judge Daniel Nsereko from Uganda who is a judge at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.  Wow!  He was so interesting. We were staying at the same hotel and had breakfast together.

There are so many opportunities to work with some great humanitarian projects.  I don’t know where to start…..