As part of a Round Square Service project, Year 5 student Henry Winspear, from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, has been collecting football boots to be donated to Pia Wadjarri Remote Community School and Yalgoo Primary School.
“Every year at the start of the footy season, my boots have been too small. Mum has to buy me a new pair, but I thought it was a waste of the old pair. They were perfectly fine, just too small. At my school, Bunbury Grammar, we have a Round Square Service Program, and I thought this would be a good service project.”
“When I travelled to remote WA with my family, I saw kids playing football without boots and thought that it would be pretty tough playing footy on the hot red dirt and prickles.”
Through relatives, Henry was able to get in contact with a teacher at Pia Wadjarri Community School who said he could take 40 pairs back with him at the end of the upcoming school holidays for both the community and Yalgoo school. Thus, 40 pairs became Henry’s goal.
Besides donations, Henry is also looking at other means of obtaining unused football boots. “I have been spending my pocket money on Gumtree to try and get some football boots, and that has gone quite successfully so far.”
Henry has since collected 19 boots, and he is expecting that number to increase in the coming days with both the Bunbury Bulldogs Football Club and the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School sharing the initiative to their communities.
Amazed at how much people care and have supported his idea, Henry is excited for the kids when they receive their boots and have their first run around with the football. He hopes to expand his initiative to another remote community in Broome if he manages to collect more than 40 pairs.