Eddie Springer Soccer balls for Solomon Islands
Mum got a call from her friend Ange Wood, asking if we had any soccer balls sitting around because her friend Eddie Springer was going to Solomon Islands. He didn’t know anything about my project but mentioned to Ange that he’d like to take some soccer balls but didn’t have time to raise any money. Ange said she knew who to call.
So in one day my mum and Ange arranged to get soccer balls for Eddie to take to the kids of the Solomon Islands.
Thanks so much Eddie. Can’t wait to see the photos.
Thank you to Kerry Price for introducing me to Frank Farina.
There’s not many bigger stars in Australian football than Frank Farina. Frank played for the Socceroos in Olympics and the World Cup and he also coached them. So I thought it was pretty amazing when my mum got an email asking if I’d like to meet him. HELL YEAH! I mean ‘heck, yes’.
I got to spend half an hour talking to Frank about when he played soccer, my project and the one big question. So, why do I need to be better prepared next time? It’s not the first time this has happened. Frank asked me……. ‘Mac, how can I help you?’. And you know what I said? Actually, I said nothing. I was speechless. The most famous football coach in Australia wants to help with my project and I didn’t have an answer. For those of you know me, that doesn’t happen too often (except recently when the state football coach introduced me to his daughters).
Anyway, I’m still working on some ideas and I’ll keep you updated.
Mr Bert van Manen, Lyn Mathews, Dr Jim Chalmers
Tim Keeler and Lyn Mathews from the Rotary Club of Logan invited me to speak to their club in Logan. I met Tim Keeler over a year ago at the Rotary International Peace Forum at Mt Gravatt and I met Lyn at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney in June.
At the meeting I got to meet Dr Jim Chalmers, the Federal Member for Rankin and Mr Bert van Manen, the Federal Member for Forde. It was an honour to meet them both. Mr van Manen used to play soccer and he was a goal keeper. He had some good stories to tell.
Jock and I loved our fish and chips for dinner and the Sergeant at Arms (who collects all the fines) was really funny. He had lots of soccer facts too. Did you know the first game of soccer was played in China?
Anyway, the best part was that the club donated $1000 towards soccer balls for the kids in Bangladesh. My aim is to raise $5000 for Bangladesh and then the incoming governor for a district in Bangladesh, will match my $5000 and together we’ll have $10,000 for soccer balls for Bangladeshi schools.
Thank you Rotary Club of Logan!!
Recently I’m really learning about the power of Rotary. Last week I was at the Rotary Club of Gold Coast and this week I was invited to speak at the Rotary Club of Cleveland. I met John Simpson at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney and he was telling me about their project in Vanuatu. He offered to take accross soccer balls to the kids in Vanuatu for us. Then I met President Glen too and she asked my mum if I could come and speak at their club. I met Mr Balbir Singh from India too. He was also their guest. And I met Tim, John’s son. Tim plays soccer too, for Redlands. Anyway, I really appreciate how much other’s want to help me to raise money for soccer balls. President Glen gave me a cheque for $1000 which they raised at her changeover dinner AND the RSL Club of Redlands donated 100 soccer balls. This is so great, because I have heaps of soccer balls we are sending out right now. Mum is arranging soccer balls for the Australian Federal Police for their Peacekeepers to take to PNG and the Australian Ambassador in Jordan has agreed to distribute soccer balls to the Syrian refugees staying in Jordan. So this money is just so much appreciated. Thanks so much to the Rotary Club of Cleveland and RSL Club of Redland Bay!
Mr David Baguley from the Rotary Club of Gold Coast
Over the school holidays I was invited to the Rotary Club of Gold Coast by Mr David Baguley. I met David at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney and he said he would invite me to be guest speaker (and he did). I had such a great time at the meeting. I met heaps of interesting people and Lena, the exchange student from France. But was was really amazing is that David presented me with a cheque for $700 for soccer balls! Not only that with the other donations from the fines (that’s always funny) and the sales of my book I raised nearly $1000. Thank you very much to the Rotary Club of Gold Coast.
Caramel Fudge for Football – Play It Forward
Thanks so much to all the kids in grade six at my school, Kelvin Grove State College for making so many great things for our bake sale. We made about $2000. $1000 for soccer balls and $1000 for Zeth for his chosen charity – Build a School Foundation. That’s amazing!
Chocolate covered pretzels
Thank you so much to the Australian Federal Police who have agreed to take soccer balls
Trooper (Tpr) Jon Church carries an injured Rwandan child.
on thier missions. They will take 10 kits of 10 balls to Papua New Guinea for us. I’m so grateful. This will be a great way for the Peace Keepers to get to know the people in the community. Kick a ball to someone’s feet and watch what happens. They kick it right back. Soccer is the universal language.
Thanks so much.
At the Rotary International Convention I met Mr Showket Hossain from Bangladesh. Mr
Mac and Rotarian Showket
Hossain is the incoming Rotary Governor 2015-2016. Mr Hossain said that if I raised $5000 for soccer balls for the kids of Bangladesh, then he would match it dollar for dollar and together we would buy $10,000 worth of soccer balls. He said he would then organise a soccer tournament between the schools in his district in celebration of the friendship between the kids of Australia and Bangladesh. Pretty cool, hey?
So, my goal is to raise $5000 in the next six months. If you can help or have any ideas please let me know.
I had the best time at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney. It was five days and I met so many great people doing so many great things.
- Thanks to Ash Ram from Suva in Fiji who will take soccer balls to the kids there.
- Thanks to John at the Cleveland Rotary Club who will take soccer balls to Vanuatu for us.
- Thanks to Ranesh from The Maldives and Don Will from the Rotary Club of Eastwood SA who will take soccer balls to The Maldives for us.
I saw lots of great projects that others are working on like ‘Crutches for Africa’ and clean water projects. Thanks to Rotary International for letting me be a part of it.
Pip from Totally Wild with Brisbane Roar
I had a great time doing a segment for the kid’s show Totally Wild about my project. I also got to meet two Brisbane Roar players Kwame Yeboah and Ben Litfin. They were so cool. Thanks so much to Pip Russell at Totally Wild. That was so much fun!! Click here to watch the segment. Mac