Soccer balls for North Korea – Korean Friendship Network
Mac is very excited about the impending trip by his friends at the Rotary Club of Shanghai
Mac and player from North Korea
and the Korean Friendship Network in follow up to the soccer balls and uniforms to the North Korean kids in orphanages and kids with disabilities. Here’s the full story from the Korean Friendship Network:
Football – Play it Forward
As we mentioned previously, this is a really fun project – to help Mac Millar, an 11 year old boy from Brisbane, realize his dream of empowering needy kids around the world to share his favourite game – soccer. One of the first targets in his sight was the DPRK – which he thought was impossible, but clearly is not.
Beyond looking at individual countries, who generally are the most needy kids? Certainly orphans and the disabled. So we are helping Mac Millar to kick off this project in the DPRK by sending 200 footballs and soccer jerseys to orphanages in Pyongyang city and North Hwanghae province. Along the way we hope to visit additional project sites in Nampo and Kaesong.
This project has received substantial financial support from Mac Millar himself, Rotary Club of Brighton, Australia and the Dundas Valley Sunrise club in Canada. Shanghai Rotarians along with Past President Frank Yih’s staff members are helping to put all the pieces together.
Earlier this year Rtn. Rob Ward from Brighton North Club in Melbourne was able to engineer a very special meeting between Mac Millar and the DPRK national football team that was in country for three Asian Cup matches. This encounter may have been brief but it was full of smiles from all sides.
Last week Mac was very lucky to meet Juliette Wright the founder of Givit and Australian
of the Year – Local Hero 2015. Mac and Juliette are thinking about how they can work together to help kids in need in the country. One of the items most in demand for kids in need are football boots and this is something Mac thinks he can help out with. We’ll keep you up to date with how things go.
Givit Kids will receive all future donations on behalf of Football – Play It Forward. This means all donations will now be tax deductible. This is great news. Thanks so much Juliette and Givit Kids.
Soccer balls for Indigenous Kids with the help of Awakabal
Nations of Origin – Indigenous kids
With the help of Toni Johnson at the Awakabal organisation in Newcastle, we were able to get 50 soccer balls to the indigenous kids in the area. These were distributed at the PCYC Nations of Origin football tournament.
One day we received a donation through my website. Mum emailed to say thank you and she noticed that the donation had come from someone who worked at the Awakabal community organisation – they help indigenous people in the community. Anyway, mum asked if the kids in their community could benefit from some soccer balls. Toni Johnson from Awakabal gratefully accepted and we arranged for them to get 50 soccer balls. The balls were distributed at the Nations of Origin football tournament organised by the PCYC. Thanks so much to Toni, Awakabal and the PCYC for distributing these soccer balls.
Awabakal has provides services to Indigenous people living in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley regions of New South Wales.
The services are delivered and predominately managed by professional Aboriginal staff experienced with and sensitive to the needs of the community. Awabakal is a multifunctional not-for-profit organisation that delivers a broad range services and community programs.
Thanks so much Toni and Awakabal.
Rotary Club of Logan
Mac is awarded the Paul Harris Fellow
On the week end, Mac was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow award by the Rotary Club of Logan at their Changeover dinner. What a huge honour for a 12 year old. It was a big surprise, but when he received it he knew exactly what it was and how special it is. A big thank you to Tim Keeler, Bruce Mills and Bob DeVere, the incoming President. It’s a great inspiration to keep up the work. The Rotary Club of Logan has supported Mac from the very beginning and we are also so very grateful.
Soccer balls for Tibet
TIBET: It’s been a little while, but here’s a message from our good friend Michel in Shanghai. We gave him some soccer balls to take on his Rotary trip to Tibet. Here is his message: “We are just back from the Tibet and we visited several RCS KBD villages and other KBD villages and distributed 61 soccer balls donated by Mac and Frank and we sponsored the transport and local delivery thank you for this wonderful present you give us . We saw kids faces shine like stars, kids playing with each other and our team member going back to our soccer roots of early years and speaking the world language of playing again with each other without a phone just being in the moment! Mac we are proud of you and we lived your dream as are the kids in several villages in Tibet.
Thanks so much Michel. I really appreciate you helping with this. Thank you for ‘Playing It Forward’.
In March this year I spoke at the Rotary District Conference in Toowoomba. I just wanted to say thank you to Mr George Dean for his very kind donation of $1000. This will buy a lot of soccer balls. I’m planning to send soccer balls to Uganda, Zimbabwe and some indigenous groups here at home. Thank you very much Mr Dean. I really appreciate your support.
Rotary Conference District 9570
Hervey Bay is a beautiful location for a conference. Mac, Poppa and I (mum) had a lovely trip to Hervey Bay for Mac to speak at the Rotary District Conference for District 9570.
Thanks to District Governor Craig Edmonston who booked in Mac nearly 12 months in
Rotary District Conference – Mac and District Governor Craig Edmonston
advance. It was a great day and Mac loved meeting the other speaker Mr Tom O’Toole, the Beechworth Baker. He was funny and easy to talk to. He gave a great talk.
It was great to see all of the different projects that Rotary is working on in the area.
Soccer balls bound for North Korea – Orphanages and Schools
When Mac was in Shanghai recently he was lucky to visit the HuaQiao Foundation again
Soccer balls for North Korea – with Mr Frank Yih of HuaQiao Foundation Shanghai
and see the supply of soccer balls and uniforms ready to be shipped to the DPRK/North Korea.
Special thanks to Mr Frank Yih, President of the Rotary Club of Shanghai and head of the HuaQiao Foundation as well as Mr Randall Eastman (Shanghai) and Mr Rob Ward (Melbourne) for making this happen. When Mac was in Shanghai in October 2014 he was introduced to Mr Randall Eastman who helps children in North Korea with heart surgery in China and returns them back to the DPRK. Mac asked if Randall could get soccer balls into North Korea to help the kids there and he said YES!
Now 200 soccer balls and 200 uniforms are on their way via Beijing and on Pyong Yang. Very exciting for Mac, who never thought that this would be possible. Thanks again to Mr Frank Yih, the Rotary Club of Shanghai, the HuaQiao Foundation, Mr Randall Eastman and Mr Rob Ward.
Soccer balls for School for Life in Uganda
School for Life Foundation in Uganda has gratefully accepted $500 for soccer balls for
Soccer balls for School for Life in Uganda
their kids at Katuuso, Mpigi. The kids made a great sign saying “Thank you to the kids of Australia for the balls”. Mac’s idea of bringing people together through soccer balls is forging bonds between kids across the seas.
School for Life Foundation was founded by two Australian university students in 2008 at the age of 21. After spending considerable periods of time in Africa, and specifically Kenya and Uganda, Annabelle Chauncy and David Everett decided to make their own contribution. They were moved by the lack of access to education in rural areas of Uganda and the number of children falling through the cracks of the education system.
Annabelle and Dave raised over $500,000, developed a partnership with Rotary, assembled a Board of Directors and gained a strong sponsor base in Australia. In addition, they have worked closely with the Ugandan government, Ministry of Education, authorities and local people to ensure the smooth implementation of the project.
We are so happy to help this great initiative with $500 worth of soccer balls for the kids.
Guess what? The Honourable Jon Krause MP (Beaudesert) did my speech for me! Yep.
Last month I was
Innerwheel Club of Boonah
meant to speak at Boonah to the Combined Services meeting. Mum and Zelma had been planning this event for ages and I missed it because I had to get my appendix out!
Thank you so much to Zelma Hanley and Sandra Cormack for everything you did. I can’t believe I missed the whole thing. Mr Jon Krause, the member of Parliament stood in for me and gave my speech. They said it was pretty funny. The event was organised by Zelma Hanley of the Innerwheel Club of Boonah and they raised $500 for soccer balls for Football – Play It Forward. Thank you Zelma and Sandra!!
Sandra was the MC and she even dressed up as a referee!