Club still scoring goals off field

Akram Azimi, Tonya McCusker, Governor Malcolm McCusker and Balcatta Soccer Club President Pat Luca.
Akram Azimi, Tonya McCusker, Governor Malcolm McCusker and Balcatta Soccer Club President Pat Luca.

The reception, held on Monday, September 9, celebrated the club’s charitable work in the community, and gave club president Pat Luca the opportunity to present the Governor and his wife with more than $6000 for the charity So They Can.

Mr McCusker said he was impressed by the club’s effort in raising the money, in which they sold olive oil to the local community to raise funds.

‘I’ve known about Balcatta Soccer Club for a long time, they’re very charitable people, it’s a great club,’ Mr McCusker said.

So They Can was established to provide young children in Africa a better education, as well as build the local economies with microfinance and social business.

Mr and Mrs McCusker have worked with Young Australian of the Year Akram Azimi and travelled to Kenya together to work with the charity.

Mrs McCusker said she was happy to see a Perth club become involved in a charity that was so wide reaching.

Mr Azimi, who was named Young Australian of the Year for his work in mentoring young indigenous Australians, said he was extremely impressed with the Balcatta club and the work they were doing to inspire young people in their community and in turn, assist youth in Kenya.

‘The Balcatta club is more than just a soccer club, it is a community centre, it is a hub that brings people from all diverse walks of life around the love of the game,’ he said.