Baulko Hawks hits it mark in Africa

WHEN this trio were asked by their coaches to give away their footy boots to orphans in Africa so they could play Aussie rules, they couldn’t get them in the donation box fast enough.

‘‘I put in two pairs — one is pink,’’ Amelia Walton, 8, said.

Her brother Isaac Walton, 9, and Adam Pittana, 10, donated a pair each.

The boots are being collected by Baulkham Hills Hawks Australian Football Club as part of Brother Club Project — an initiative founded by former North Rocks resident and now under-16s coach for Pyramid Power Junior Football Club in far north Queensland, Wesley Hull, in 2012.

‘‘It started with Baulkham Hills sending six club jerseys to Pyramid Power club and then, throughout the season, sharing stories of AFL and wishing each other well in the finals on their Facebook page,’’ Baulko Hawks’ secretary Gab Donnelly said.

‘‘This has now grown to nearly 100 clubs throughout the world, and just recently they started the Brother Club Facebook page.’’

Clubs also donate old training bibs, posts and any other AFL equipment they collect to Pyramid Power who send them on to children in need.

This batch will go to orphans in Bodibe, South Africa.

‘‘Through the program we have sent an old set of jerseys to a club in Lae, Papua New Guinea, as they didn’t have any, and one old jersey went to Canada as a best and fairest prize,’’ Ms Donnelly said.

‘‘It’s a great initiative undertaken by our friends up north and we at Baulko are very happy to be involved and help out. If you have a footy and boots, that’s all you really need to make a game.’’

Started in 1976, Baulko Hawks has 350 players, aged 5 to 16.

■ To donate  old Aussie rules gear, call Gab Donnelly on 0413 317 341.

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