AFP take soccer balls to kids in PNG
I’ve been working with the Australian Federal Police so they can take soccer balls with them on their missions around the world. I got some great photos. Emma Louise from the AFP sent me this message on Facebook: ”Hi Mac. We had so much fun doing this, it was such a joy to give on your behalf. I’ve got lots more photos I will send them through. It’s a great initiative keep going! Merry Christmas from the team over here in PNG.”
The AFP have said they’ll take 10 kits of balls each quarter. Thanks Guys.
Kids playing soccer at the orphanage in Cambodia
I received a great email from Albert Benfer who is from the Rotary Club of Cleveland. I met him at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney and when I was guest speaker at the Cleveland Rotary Club. He visited an orphanage in Cambodia and he took some soccer balls because he thought it was a great idea. Anyway he was telling my mum that he received an email from one of the volunteers at the centre:
Hi Albert, Thanks so much for the wonderful footballs – the boys love playing with them – especially in the heavy rain – they rush out & end up dripping wet in no time at all & laugh happily together. They usually do this late afternoon when they are back from school so the day I took this picture there were only the kids who had attended morning school around – hence the low number.
Please tell Mac that out in the remote villlages I see big groups of young teenagers & a little older playing volleyball & having a great time together & I took an American family out there one day & they joined in a football game in our school yard – no need for language – sport did it all – so Mac is on the right track.
Thanks so much Albert.
David Curnow from ABC 612
Tom, David and Zane at ABC 612
Okay, so may be it’s not standard for an 11year old, but my mum listens to the ABC a lot and I know who David Curnow is. So it was pretty cool that I got to talk to him when Mum and I dropped into the ABC at Southbank to deliver 30 soccer balls for their Christmas Appeal for kids in foster care. I had a lot of fun talking to David and doing the interview. Here’s the link if you want to listen: http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2014/12/mac-millar-quite-some-11-year-old.html?site=brisbane&program=612_evenings. The interview wouldn’t play for us in Internet Explorer, but worked fine when we opened it in Firefox.
Mac presenting Speech Day awards at Abbotsleigh School in Sydney
On Wednesday Mac was the guest speaker for the Abbotsleigh Girls School Speech Day in Sydney. What a huge honour for a young man. It is a beautiful school. The students raised $450 for soccer balls. Thanks so much and we’ll let you know where Mac decides to send the balls.
Thanks to Kate Burtt for suggesting Mac speak at the Speech Day. We met Kate at a conference over a year ago. Kate and her daughter Olivia took Mac and I for lunch before hand. Thanks so much.
Mac speaking at a UN event with Mr Craig Laundy MP and Ms Maria Vamvakinou MP
Soccer balls for the kids of Gaza!! When Mac was in India a boy asked if he had given soccer balls to the kids of Gaza. He said no, but he thought it was a good idea as many kids had lost their homes and schools during the bombing. On Tuesday Mac had the opportunity to speak at a United Nations event in Canberra and present 50 soccer balls to the Ambassador, for the kids of Gaza. Mac explained that these soccer balls were from the kids of Australia in partnership with the kids of India.
Mac presenting soccer balls to the Ambassador from Palestine
Faith Lutheran donated $900
Hi Guys, I’ve had a great day at Faith Lutheran College. It’s a really nice school and I felt really welcome. I had a ‘questions and answers’ session with the year 6 kids, lunch, a media interview and then my presentation. The kids donated $900.00. That’s really amazing. Thanks to Lachlan, Flynn and Jimbo for taking me around the school.
Fatih Lutheran College
Soccer balls for the kids of Syria
Well, this is one of our best achievements. Soccer balls have just been delivered to the kids of Syria!!! (thanks to the Australaian Ambassador to Jordan). I really wanted to get soccer balls to the kids of Syria but because of the war I knew we couldn’t get soccer balls into the co…untry. Then we realised there are hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. So I wrote a letter to the Australian Ambassador to Jordan, Ambassador Venamore and she agreed to distribute soccer balls to the Syrian children in refugee camps there. I just received an email saying the balls went to an organisation in Jordan called CARE International. They are an NGO running a football program to build links between local Jordanian kids, Syrian refugees and Iraqi refugees. It’s a great photo. The kids got soccer balls and shirts with the money we sent over. And next week I’m going to Canberra to deliver soccer balls to the kids of Gaza. I’m giving the balls to The General Delegate of Palestine (like the Ambassador). He will take the soccer balls to the kids of Gaza who lost their schools and homes during the bombing.
Soccer balls for Nepal
When I was at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney I met Shisheer from Nepal (Shisheer Bhatta). Anyway, we’ve been working together to get soccer balls to some remote areas of Nepal. Shisheer just sent me these photos of the balls and the banner they’ve made. Football – Play It Forward has paid for the soccer balls and pumps and the Rotary Club of Nagarjun in Nepal is paying for the distribution and other costs. Shisheer said he’ll send some photos of the kids getting the balls when they give them out in the next few weeks.
The banner to accompany the soccer balls
Newspaper Article about Mac’s goal of soccer balls for the kids of Ukraine
With the G20 in Brisbane recently, Mac wrote a letter to President Putin asking if he would help to get soccer balls to the kids of the Ukraine where the fighting is. Here’s an article in today’s paper about Mac’s letter as well as his upcoming trip to speak in Canberra and present soccer balls to a delegation from Palestine for the kids in Gaza. While the Russian Ambassador to Australia has confirmed receipt of the letter, there has been no response to date. Mac said “I’m not holding my breath”.