Well it is that time of the year again where we catch up with family and friends, eat and drink way too much than we should, and for most of us have some time away from the hussle and bussle of worklife. Christmas is a special time for most of us and one we look forward to. It is also a time to reflect on the year just gone and remember how lucky we are.
Unfortunately there are some of us who are less fortunate and Christmas is a time that can be especially hard on the youth of today who aren’t as privileged as most of us. I would like to take a moment and discuss two such organisations that we support who are making a difference to those kids in need.
Michael Gallus is the founder of Footys4all and has achieved a lot in a relatively short period of time. Footys4all is a foundation set up to supply all types of new sporting balls to disadvantaged, underprivileged and socially displaced children all over the world. In a very short period of time the founder of Footys4all has made significant progress in achieving this goal and the opportunity to help realise this dream with them is something we are proud to be a part of.
Through sport we can create community; the simplicity of kicking a football around with a friend builds camaraderie and bonds that can last a lifetime. A recent presentation of balls to the children of a special needs school in Ascot Vale was one of the most gratifying things I have been involved in for a long time, you might say my Christmas came early seeing the smiles on the kids faces as they were given their new ball. Footys4all will continue to grow and help more children both in Australia and around the world and we will continue to do our part to ensure this remains a reality.
Founded in 1988, World Youth International is one of Australia’s leading not-for-profit international development organisations and has facilitated a range of exciting volunteer opportunities for thousands of Australians of all ages in Kenya, Nepal and Peru, working in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities for more than 25 years.
The World Youth International Nurses In Action program in Kenya has been developed for nurses and allied health professionals who are passionate about utilising their skills overseas in a developing context.
The Overseas Action Program (OAP) runs for five weeks in Kenya, Nepal ans Peru and involves volunteers accompanied by an Australian-trained team leader working on sustainable development construction projects in rural communities. This program facilitates a structured and supportive team environment which is perfect for both young and inexperienced travelers and those who enjoying working as part of a team.
We are fortunate indeed to be working closely with the Chairman of World Youth International Mark Veitch, and his passion and philanthropic nature is certainly contagious. Anyone wanting to to learn more or support this wonderful organisation please CLICK HERE to visit their website, or CLICK HERE for their Facebook page.
So remember, as you finish that last piece of turkey or unwrap that last present, at a time of giving please think of what you can do in 2014 to help make some child life that little more special.
Until next time………