Kennards Self Storage are proud supporters of Fair Game Australia, a grass-roots not-for-profit organisation that inspires healthy communities through donating recycled sports equipment and using it as a tool to deliver health and fitness education programs.
Since September 2018 Kennards Self Storage have supported Fair Game Sydney with a warehouse at our Hoxton Park centre. Here the hub store sports equipment before it gets given back to communities and programs that need it.
In June 2019 the hub was able to send out their first ever team of volunteers to rural Western NSW. The aim of this 5-day trip was to establish connections with under-serviced rural and remote communities and to gain insight into the challenges that they may face. It was an opportunity to engage with the communities and have discussions about how Fair Game NSW can help address issues around access to sporting equipment and health knowledge promotion.
The trip proved to be a success, visiting 4 communities; Dareton, Pooncarie, Menindee, and Wilcannia. At every community the team of senior Fair Gamers (Doan, NSW Recycle and Donate Coordinator; NSW Chair, Nathan Stone and Campbelltown based volunteer and NSW Secretary, Riley Munro) donated recycled sports equipment and spoke with key stakeholders.
In Dareton Public School the team briefly sat in on a math class and played AFL and basketball during lunchtime.
Fair Game provided fruit and morning tea, followed by a Wellness Walk-about yoga session in Pooncarie at the tiniest primary school (a total of 7 students currently enrolled there!)
At the last stop in Wilcannia Nathan, Riley and Doan ran an entire sports lesson with the primary students at Wilcannia Central School and practised our soccer skills.
A total of 261 items of sports equipment was donated over the 5 days including soccer, ALF and rugby balls; team jerseys and cricket equipment.
With contacts and relationships established the hub is motivated to continue organising these trips and to keep fostering the connections formed.
“It’s hard to pick out a favourite moment but I was especially humbled by some of the difficult life experiences that a few of the sweet kids in the Dareton community shared with us. It is conversations like these that are key to what drives me, Nathan and Riley and the wider team at Fair Game NSW to volunteer, to continue to pursue long-lasting connections with these communities and to try to make a small difference where we can.” Says Doan, NSW Recycle and Donate Coordinator.
Fair Game are looking to sustainably expand their programs further across Australia so if you’re aware of a community or group that may benefit from their services please reach out via their website.