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Own a unique piece of History – 2017 AFL Richmond Premiership Player – Daniel Rioli’s signed football boots

Daniel Rioli has kindly donated a pair of his own signed football boots to the Have a Ball Foundation which will be auctioned off on eBay to the highest bidder. 100% of all funds raised will go towards the health and well-being of indigenous kids in need in remote parts of Australia.
Come on all you Tiger Army, place a bid to own an unique piece of Tiger memorabilia to celebrate the 2017 Premiership and support a great cause.
Please click here to place your bid:

Note: auction ends 20 Oct 2017 at 21:57pm.

Welcome our new Official supporters of the Have a Ball Foundation

The Have a Ball Foundation is excited to announce our new official supporters of the foundation – the 2017 AFL Premiership coach Damien Hardwick and Premiership player Daniel Rioli from the Richmond Football Club.

Daniel Rioli

Daniel grew up on Garden Island in the Tiwi Islands of the Northern Territory and played his junior football with St Mary’s Football club in Darwin before moving to Melbourne at age 14 where he boarded at St Patricks College in Ballarat. In 2015 he played with the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup before making his AFL debut with the Richmond Football Club in round 1 2016. He is now a 2017 Premiership player who plays a key role in Richmond’s small-forward line-up.

Damien Hardwick

Damien is the senior coach of the Richmond Football Club and a former player with the Essendon and Port Adelaide Football Clubs. He was a key player in his school’s football side at St Joseph’s College in Ferntree Gully before beginning his AFL career at Essendon Football Club in 1994. Damien was known as a tough, solid defender who was a hard-working, versatile player who understands the game extremely well. He was a crucial part of Essendon’s 2000 Premiership side before transferring to Port Adelaide Football Club where he played another big part in their 2004 Premiership win. In 2005 he started his AFL coaching career under Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn Football Club before starting his first senior coaching job at Richmond in 2009. This year, Damien coached Richmond to their first premiership since 1980 and their 11th overall with a 48 point victory over the Adelaide Crows. He was chosen as the AFLCA Coach of the Year and joined a very small group to win three AFL premierships with three clubs as player and coach and ended a 37 Year Drought for Richmond.

Lilla Sports & Story Telling Festival 2017

In Aug 2017, we had the privilege of supporting the Lilla Sports and Story Telling Festival near Kings Canyon in Central Australia. Kids from Watarrka, Finke and Utju Areyonga schools came together for an action packed, fun filled few days supported by a number of wonderful volunteering organisations. It was such a wonderful experience and great privilege to be able support Reg Ramsden for the 4th year the festival has been running and the amazing work he does for the kids in the Watarrka region.

Central Australia Trip 2017

In Aug 2017, the Have a Ball Foundation drove up to central Australia to take a trailer load of sports balls to kids in remote communities. We also had a recent appeal to raise money for blankets which we took up to the Utopia region, 250kms north east of Alice Springs. This appeal was inspired by a recent article by the Abc on Kathleen Ngale, a well renowned indigenous artist living on her homeland at Camel Camp. Our appeal for Kathleen and her surrounding communities was greatly received and will certainly help the mothers and elderly with the cold desert nights. Thank you so much to all those who assisted with donations to enable us to achieve our goal.

It was an absolute privilege to track down and meet Kathleen who appeared in good spirits with her husband by her side who cares for her as she sleeps outside on her mattress with her 12 dogs. She faces a number of health issues, however since the Abc posted their recent article on her, she has now received a wheelchair and the article has exposed many of the health issues in the surrounding Utopia communities which all need continual assistance.

It was also wonderful to be able to distribute balls to many of our contacts around Alice Springs who are able to distribute them to the very remote areas across the N.T, WA & SA regions.

Basterfield Park Tennis Club

Special thanks to Roxy Kruger and the members of the Basterfield Park tennis club in Hampton East Victoria for their continued support of the foundation by donating their used tennis balls.

These tennis balls will be sent up to Central Australia and handed out to kids in schools in remote areas.

Kathleen Ngale – Utopia Appeal

The Have a Ball Foundation is holding a special appeal to assist the elderly people of the Utopia homelands region in the Northern Territory.

Kathleen Ngale is one of Australia’s renowned Indigenous artists whose artwork has been seen all over the world in exhibitions in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and Milan.

She is an example of the many elderly people living in devastating conditions in remote communities in central Australia.
Kathleen is now in her 80’s and wanting to live out her years on her own homeland where she was born in the Camel Country of Utopia, 270kms north East of Alice Springs.
With millions of dollars worth of Kathleen’s art for sale all over Australia, she is living out the last of her days on an old mattress with 12 dogs to keep her from freezing at night out in the open air.

Kathleen says “”My leg is no good … I just wait for little bits of food … and I can’t go and wash myself when I feel like it.”

Communities like Camel Camp have the absolute lowest levels of poverty which still exist in our own backyards.

This appeal is to raise funds to assist Kathleen and the elderly people of the Utopia region with new blankets so they can keep warm during the winter months.
The Have a Ball Foundation will be visiting these homelands at the end of August ‘17 to distribute sports balls to kids in the communities as well as blankets for the elderly to survive the cold desert nights.

A full ABC article on Kathleen can be viewed at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-05/utopia-aged-care-kathleen-ngale/8651086

Your urgent donations would be greatly appreciated and 100% of your funds will be used towards assisting these communities.

Please donate now via the DONATE page

Have a Ball Foundation End of Year Donation Winners

Congratulations to all our 4 winners for the highest donations for the month of June 2017. All winners will receive a signed Have a Ball Foundation football signed by one of the following celebrities:
Michael Long (Essendon F.C champion & founder of the Long Walk)
Michael O’Loughlin (Sydney Swans F.C)
Casey Donovan (Indigenous Entertainer)
Malcolm Turnbull (Australian Prime Minister)

The winners are: Clare Scott, Rebecca Politis, David Purdy and Balaji Kannan

Thank you to all those who generously donated to the foundation. We appreciate your support.

Celebrating the Long Walk & Indigenous Round

The Long Walk “We Walk Together” Community Event for 2017 took place at Federation Square on Saturday 27th May where thousands of people all walked to the MCG to celebrate the inspiring walk by Michael Long where he walked from Melbourne to Canberra to get the lives of indigenous people back on the national agenda.

It was also part of the AFL’s annual round recognising and celebrating indigenous players and culture which is named in honour of Sir Doug Nicholls.

Sir Doug, who epitomised the spirit of reconciliation, played 54 games for Fitzroy and was a brilliant all-round athlete. The first Aboriginal person to be knighted, he also served as Governor of South Australia and was devoted to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

St Kevins College Toorak

Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers from St Kevin’s College in Toorak who donated sports balls to the Have a Ball Foundation on Friday 19th May 2017.
An amazing 1005 balls were donated which is an unbelievable effort. These will all be sent up to help indigenous kids in the Northern Territory over the coming months.

Special thanks to for Michael Junkovic for organizing the event.

Our Lady of the Assumption School Cheltenham – Bring a Ball Day 08/03/2017

On Wednesday 8th March 2017, OLA Cheltenham continued their fantastic support of the Have a Ball Foundation by hosting another ‘bring a ball day’. It was another fun-packed morning with the kids who generously donation 315 sports balls to the foundation.
OLA have had 7 events since kicking off the first ever school event back in 2012 and have donated over 2300 sports.
This latest batch of balls will be distributed to some underprivileged kids in India as well as many schools just north of Alice Springs N.T in remote areas such as Ti Tree.
Thank you so much to Michelle O’Connor for organizing the event again and to all the teachers, parents and students at OLA for their ongoing support and generous contributions.