19 February 2018
The Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) and Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation (GSAC) in Geraldton has received a generous donation of over 100 pairs of retired running shoes from members of the West Australian Marathon Club (WAMC) in Perth.
In the lead up to running the successful Soccer for Change program late last year, WACRH’s Director Professor Sandra Thompson contacted WAMC asking whether they could assist by donating running shoes to help Aboriginal children and adults who might not have appropriate sports footwear.
WAMC had done this for other urban programs in the past and agreed to make a callout for running shoes to its members.
‘When we contacted Administration Officer Mikaela at the WAMC, I was hopeful to receive a dozen or so pairs, to assist children and young adults who cannot afford sports shoes to participate in some of the sports programs we run in partnership with GSAC.’
‘The club office was inundated with member donations of children and adult sized shoes. I was overwhelmed with the generosity of the metropolitan running community. I did not expect to fill my entire car boot with shoes to bring back to the Midwest,’ Professor Thompson said.
The team at GSAC are helping to distribute the shoes to the community. They have already been provided to children who need them at Mitchell Street Community Centre, Bluff Point Primary School, local basketball clubs (12-17 year olds), and to participants of the new Shooting Stars Netball Program at Mullewa District High School.
WACRH works with Aboriginal communities to address healthcare disadvantage.
WACRH manages the Mitchell Street Community Centre in Spalding to provide valuable health services and community initiatives through partnering with local organisations.
If you are interested in making a donation of unused sporting equipment in good condition, please contact the WACRH on 9956 0200.
Photo caption: Members of the West Australian Marathon Club have donated a car boot full of retired running shoes to the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health in Geraldton to distribute to those in need.