The Rotary Down Under Magazine

The Rotary Down Under Magazine

The Rotary Down Under Magazine has a lovely article this week. Thanks to Mark Wallace -

Rotary Down Under Magazine

Rotary Down Under Magazine

Editor.  Click Here’s the link to read in full. 

What’s interesting is on the opposite page is information about Disaster Aid International.  Mac is working with Disaster Aid to get soccer balls into all of their Family Survival Kits.

http://digitaledition.rotarydownunder.com.au/?iid=112125#folio=18

 

 

Soccer balls for Myanmar/Burma – Thank you Rotary Club of Logan!

Soccer balls for Myanmar/Burma – Thank you Rotary Club of Logan!

Burma/Myanmar – here comes some soccer gear!  Thanks so much to John Nightingale

Soccer balls for Myanmar/Burma - Thank you Rotary Club of Logan!

Soccer balls for Myanmar/Burma – Thank you Rotary Club of Logan!

and the Rotary Club of Logan for taking all of this soccer gear to the kids of Myanmar. The soccer balls are from Mac and Football Play It Forward, the training bibs and Liverpool scarves from The Reagan Milstein Foundation and Nike soccer clothing from Carl Harrison at the Brazilian Soccer School Noosa.

Here’s a photo of my Dad, Jonathan and John Nightingale loading some of the gear. All of this gear is going to some great kids who will love it.  Thanks to everyone for helping me to Play It Forward!

Brazilian Soccer School Noosa

Thanks to Carl Harrison from the Brazillian Soccer School Noosa for the great soccer gear

Brazilian Soccer School

Brazilian Soccer School

he has donated.  They had some left over soccer shirts and shorts which were from last season.  He said we could give them away to kids who needed them.  There are really good quality Nike gear.

We are going to send them to the kids of Myanmar/Burma.

Here’s the article from the newspaper Noosa Today.

Thanks again.

Rotary Club of Noosa Daybreak deserves special thanks

Rotary Club of Noosa Daybreak

Corrie Parkinson from the Rotary Club of Noosa Daybreak deserves special thanks for

Rotary Club of Noosa Daybreak

Rotary Club of Noosa Daybreak

inviting Mac to speak at their club.  Corrie has been very patient.  For six months she’s been trying to get Mac there.  Well, we made it.  Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Noosa and Noosa Daybreak for your kind donations.  Including the sales of Mac’s book, he received over $1000 for soccer balls today.  That’s amazing.  Thanks so much.

Here is Mac with President Gill Timpany.  Thanks to Gill and John for hosting Mac and I at their house overnight too!

We also received a great donation from the Brazilian soccer school.  More about that soon.

 

Juiced TV at Lady Cilento Hospital

Thanks Pip for letting me join in Juiced TV at Lady Cilento Hospital

Juiced TV at Lady Cilento Hospital

Juiced TV at Lady Cilento Hospital

What a wonderful day filming with the kids at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.  Mac and I really had a fabulous time helping out on Juiced TV.  Mac loved giving away soccer balls to the kids.  Here Mac is signing a ball for a little boy, Keith.  Thanks to the presenter Pip Russell and all the kids involved in the filming.

Here’s the link to Mac’s episode of Juiced TV – TV for kids in hospital, by kids in hospital.  Click on the link and scroll down to watch episode 4.  The first 10 second intro will give you a good feel for what Pip Russell the presenter is trying to achieve.  If you have time Mac’s segment, starts at about 11 1/2 minutes in.  http://www.juicedtv.com.au/episode-guide/

Have a great day.

Sacha (Mac’s Mum)

 

Mamba School in Tanzania – Soccer balls with Rotary Club of Brisbane Highrise

Thank you Rotary Brisbane Highrise for getting soccer balls to the Mamba School in Tanzania!

Just received this lovely email from Bill Phillips at the Rotary Club of Brisbane Highrise

Mamba School in Tanzania

Mamba School in Tanzania

regarding soccer balls for the kids of the Mamba School in Tanzania:  “Just letting you know we presented 15 soccer balls to the kids at Mamba Primary School in Tanzania. It was a very exciting day and a highlight was definitely the presentations of the soccer balls. Also we went to another school yesterday near Arusha; the kids were kicking around a home made ball made of plastic bags and straw I think. I have arranged to have four balls provided in Mac’s name. When I get photos I will send them to you as well. We just about had a riot when it was mentioned.”

Thanks so much Bill.  Fabulous job and we are very grateful for help to make this happen.

Soccer balls for Nepal – Kids in remote Nepal get balls with the help of Rotary

Kids in Nepal get balls with the help of Rotary 

I’ve received some of the best photos ever from Nepal.  Thanks so much to Shisheer Bhatta

Soccer balls for Nepal

Soccer balls for Nepal

from the Rotary Club of Nagarjun (Kathmandu Nepal).  He went on a big trip taking soccer balls up to the isolated communities in the mountains.  They visited 18 schools.  He took his son Shishyan too to help deliver the balls.  There are some great shots. I’m sorry I can’t add more here.  Some of the schools have a really cool mountain backdrop.  I hope maybe I can visit one day when I’m older.  I thought this was pretty amazing to get soccer balls for Nepal.

 

 

Crutches 4 Africa helps Mac get soccer balls to Ghana, Kenya and Zambia

When Mac was at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, he met American David Talbot, Head of Crutches 4 Africa.  David has just emailed saying that he has sent soccer balls to Ghana, Kenya and Zambia on behalf of Mac’s project Football – Play It Forward.  Thanks so much David.  This is very much appreciated.  David sent the following picture taken in Ghana.

When Mac was in Sydney, David talked about how a simple pair of crutches could help a man to move around, work and feed his family.  For more information about Crutches for Africa go to http://www.crutches4africa.org/

Crutches 4 Africa David Talbot

Crutches 4 Africa David Talbot

Crutches 4 Africa - Soccer balls for Ghana

Crutches 4 Africa – Soccer balls for Ghana

Meeting the North Korean National Football Team

Hey Guys

With the North Korean National Football Team

With the North Korean National Football Team

It was really such an honour to meet the National Football Team from North Korea this week.  I went to Melbourne to meet them at training before their game.  They were so cool.  A couple of the guys shook my hand, gave me a high five and couldn’t resist giving my hair a rustle.  (Mum said that they probably haven’t met a kid with blond curly hair before). 

The players and the managers were really good to let us meet with them during their training.  We are so grateful.   When I was in Shanghai I met Mr Randal Eastman who takes kids from North Korea to Shanghai for heart surgery.  I ask Randy if he could help me to get soccer balls into North Korea and he said YES!!  

Mr Rob Ward from the Rotary in Melbourne is helping to get the soccer balls to the kids in North Korea and he organised my trip to Melbourne.  Mum and I had a great time.  I got to hang out with Miles (Rob’s son) and  Miles’ friend, Lucas. We played some futsal and played soccer on the beach at St Kilda.  

We are planning to get 1400 soccer balls and uniforms to 12 orphanages and four schools in the DPRK.  Rob has been working really hard to organise all of this.  Thanks so much Rob…..

HuaQiao Foundation Shanghai gets soccer balls to the Philippines
HuaQiao Foundation gets soccer balls to Palompon Philippines
HuaQiao Foundation gets soccer balls to Palompon Philippines

HuaQiao Foundation sends soccer balls to Palompon, Philippines

On my trip to Shanghai, Mr Frank Yih, Chairman of the HuaQiao Foundation said he’d help me to get soccer balls to some of the schools in the Philippines where they lost everything in the cyclones.  Well, York, who works with Mr Yih, has sent me these photos of the kids getting the soccer balls.  Mr Yih arranged for them all to get a copy of my book too :) Thanks so much to you both for integrating my project of soccer balls in with the work you are already doing.  I really appreciate that.

Mr Yih and York (HuaQiao Foundation) are working hard to help the people of Palompon in the Philippines.  For more information about their project go to: https://www.facebook.com/FootballPlayItForward?ref=hl#!/lou.palompon/media_set?set=a.1661742437385692.1073742665.100006498549454&type=1

Mac