Collection to give a sporting chance to less fortunate

Sasha Saunderson (12) and Indiana Shailes (11) with some of the items collected. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d444006
Sasha Saunderson (12) and Indiana Shailes (11) with some of the items collected. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d444006

INDIANA Shailes and Sasha Saunderson raised the bar to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate youngsters.

The Year 6 students from Gooseberry Hill Primary collected more than 200 items of disused sports equipment and sportswear after being inspired during a leadership presentation organised by their school.

One of the speakers was WA Australian of the Year (2014) Dr John van Bockxmeer.

He told the students how he came up with the idea for Fair Game as he watched indigenous children kicking a tin can around a dusty oval in the Pilbara.

He launched the charity to recycle sports equipment to encourage communities to stay healthy through fitness and games.

The two girls followed his lead and organised their second-hand sports equipment collection for the WA-based appeal.

Distribution of the equipment and clothing will go to under-serviced communities via fairgamewa.org.