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Have a Ball Foundation 2016 Raffle Results

Congratulations to all the winners of the Have a Ball Foundation 2016 Raffle which was drawn on 30/11/2016.
Special thanks to all those who assisted with the selling of raffle tickets, all those who supported the foundation through buying tickets and Jennifer de Vos for coordinating the raffle. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
The winners are:

Choice Capital Financial Plan (Value $3000) – A Gurung
2016 Hawthorn F.C Limited Edition Framed Hand Signed Print (Value $500) – Greg Horwood
Harris Scarfe Scanpan 4 piece Stainless Steel Cookset (Value $460) – Anna Demarco
Marshall Batteries Discount Vouchers (5 x Value $100) – Nicole Pinnone, Monty la Brooy, Andy Grant, Christina Levacsics, Peter Fanning
Spanish Wine Pack – Sophie Tirpkos
Culture Connect ½ Day Aboriginal Adventure Tour for 2 – Cairns QLD (Value $260) – Vicki Barlow
24 Bottles of Gatorade – Jennifer Wilson
Luna Park Family Pass (Value $150) – Jason Capuano
Coconut House Dinner Voucher (Value $50) – Hicks Family
Scent of a Flower Florist Café Lunch & Coffee for 2 plus Ecoya Soy Scented Candle (Value $80) – Glenn Reimers
Signed Football – Lachie Whitfield (GWS F.C) – Clare Scott
Signed Football – Damien Hardwick & Daniel Rioli (Richmond F.C) – Darren Clancy
Signed Football – Gavin Wanganeen (Essendon & Port Adelaide F.C) – Sophie Smirniotis
Signed Football – Michael Long (Essendon F.C) – Bill Runchey
Signed Football – Kevin Sheedy (AFL Legend) – Darren Clancy
Signed Football – Triple M Footy Team – Darren Clancy

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Balls reach kids in Sri Lanka

Kids in Sri Lanka have recently received a large supply of sports balls from the Have a Ball Foundation.
Special thanks to Aruna Kasturiarchchi for distributing the balls to many kids in need on behalf of the Foundation. Aruna said “I am planning to donate balls to 3 schools and a disadvantage kids school/program run by one of the government hospital. I ran into one of the recipient’s elder sister who is a government doctor in Colombo. She said that they had almost no sporting items even though they are supposed to have equipment for keeping disadvantage kids active. She cried when I donated some of the sports balls to them.”
It is wonderful to hear that these generous donations made by many kids and their families in Melbourne can make a small difference to their lives.

Lilla Sports & Story Telling Festival 2016

This year the Have a Ball Foundation supported the third annual Lilla Sports and Story Telling Festival from 23 August to 26 August 2016 at Lilla, near Kings Canyon. The Foundation was represented by Garry, Tammy & Josh Hicks who flew up to the remote Aboriginal communities located in the Watarrka region. They were joined by 34 students from the Watarrka, Imanpa and Areyonga schools gathered with Aboriginal Elders and nearby community members to share in educational interactive games and activities.

After being smoked into Country with a Welcome to Country from the Lilla Elders, the Festival ran for three action packed days.

The Festival’s theme of “Healthy Body, Heathy Mind” involved key interactive workshops on:
•Health and nutrition with a special heart rate skipping demonstration from Chris from Remote Health;
•Literacy, language and improvisation, with acting classes led by Poetry in Action.
•Sports clinics were conducted with an athletics carnival, tug-o-war, cricket and AFL kicking completions led by NASCA.
A highlight this year was the use of the new Mountain “Fat Bikes” as part of the sports program. (The Watarrka Foundation this year provided 18 FAT Mountian Bikes to the Watarrka Primary School at Lilla)

The Festival included night time activities of camp fire drumming and art classes.
Kangaroo tail and damper made by the Elders for our last night dinner capped off a wonderful gathering.

The Watarrka Foundation would like to extend its thanks to the partnering organisations who made this Festival possible including Gadens, Westpac Bank, St George Foundation, CareerTrackers, Have a Ball Foundation, NASCA, Poetry in Action, NT AFL and NT Cricket and Remote Educational Tours.

In particular the passion and dedication of Reg Ramsden was fundamental to the success of this year’s Festival which according to Christine Munro, “was the best ever!”.

The Watarrka Foundation also thanks the Watarrka community, who warmly welcomed us onto Country and provide ongoing opportunities to continue to build meaningful relationships.

Special thanks to the Hicks family for doing such a great job on behalf of the Have a Ball Foundation and putting smiles on all the kids faces with new sports balls to play with.

Chatham Primary School

On Tuesday 9th August 2016, the kids from Chatham Primary School in Surrey Hills VIC participated in a fun morning donating sports balls to the Have a Ball Foundation. The kids were extremely generous donating a total of 235 sports balls and over $200 in gold coins. The balls will all be bagged up and sent to kids in the remote parts of Central Australia in the Northern Territory

Thank you so much to all the teachers, parents and students at Chatham Primary School for their support & special thanks to Zach Barry for organising such a successful day.

Imanpa Primary School NT receives sports balls

It was wonderful to receive an email from the Principal at Imanpa Primary school in Central Australia. The Imanpa Community is made up of about 100 people and is situated in the dead centre of Australia, 200km from Uluru. There is a total of 15 students at the school which is managed by the Principal Mr Ian Herden. The school forwarded a great photo of the kids with their new sports balls and were very grateful for the kind gesture which were trucked up by our sponsor Marshall Batteries. The kids clearly loved their new equipment which Ian advised that they play with every recess and lunch time whether it is hot or cold. Thanks to Ian for your email. We are thrilled to be able to assist your school.

CBC Sports Ball Donations

Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers at CBC St.Kilda for their recent sports ball donations. The big variety of sports balls will surely make many kids happy when they are distributed to indigenous kids in need in the coming months. Special thanks to Michael Monagle for organizing the collection.

St Paul’s Primary School – Bentleigh – Bring a Ball day

On Wednesday 1st June 2016, the kids from St Paul’s Primary School in Bentleigh VIC braved the freezing Melbourne morning to all bring a ball to donate to the Have a Ball Foundation. The kids were extremely generous once again with a total of 488 sports balls being donated. The balls have been bagged up and have been sent to kids in the remote parts of W.A and the N.T.
Thank you so much to all the teachers, parents and students at St. Paul’s Primary School for their support & special thanks to Danny Maher for once again organising such a successful day.

St Brendan’s Primary School – Somerville – Bring a Ball day

On Thursday 12th May 2016, the kids from St Brendan’s Primary School in Somerville VIC did an amazing job in supporting the foundation on their bring a ball day. It was a super fun morning with the kids who generously donation 590 sports balls to the charity. Considering the size of the school with 275 kids, what an unbelievably generous bunch of kids to donate so many sports balls.
These have been bagged up and will be distributed to many kids in need in remote communities around Australia.
Thank you so much to all the teachers, parents and students at St. Brendan’s Primary School for their support & special thanks to Loren Fuccio for organizing such a successful day.

20,000 Balls reached

This week the Have a ball Foundation received it’s 20,000th sports ball donation. It is a great milestone to reach for the charity and we look forward to hitting our next milestone of 50,000 to help kids in need in outback areas of Australia and overseas. Thank you to all those who have donated sports balls, volunteers and supporters involved in running events and helping with getting the equipment out to remote areas and also our major sponsor Marshall Batteries for the distribution of the balls.

Basterfield Tennis Club donations

Special thanks to all the members of Basterfield Park Tennis Club in Hampton East VIC for another full bin load of tennis balls which were kindly donated by the members. A full bin load of around 1000 tennis balls were donated which will come in very handy to put with a mixture of other sports balls to package up for indigenous kids in remote communities around Australia. Special thanks to Roxy Kruger for organizing the donations on behalf of the club.
The Have a Ball Foundation greatly appreciate your support!