Kicks 4 Kidz: Demons fan’s donation kelping kids kick goals


Kicks 4 Kidz director and founder Rod Willet accepts boots from Perth Demons supporter Barry Mather and his wife Dianne.
Kicks 4 Kidz director and founder Rod Willet accepts boots from Perth Demons supporter Barry Mather and his wife Dianne.

A DONATION from a Perth Demons supporter will help kids living in the Pilbara and Kimberley kick goals.

Demons supporter and sponsor Barry Mather and his wife Dianne donated football boots to the Kicks 4 Kidz initiative at Lathlain Park last Friday.

The organisation hands out football gear to indigenous children as an incentive to do well at school.

Mr Mather said he decided to donate the gear after seeing stories about the initiative.

“I’ve got five young boys who have played with the South Perth Junior Football Club, Trinity College and four of them played at various levels with the Demons,” he said.

“They all go through about a pair every year so I reckon there were about 100 sets around the house, although some of them were no good.

“We picked out the good ones and the final count was 29 pairs, which I think is fantastic, it’s nice to give back.”

Kicks 4 Kidz director and founder Rod Willet said many of the children that benefited from the initiative were passionate about football.

“The football boots and jumpers are an incentive to do well at school and focus on their studies and health,” he said.

“Bt attending school more regularly they are given the items, many of which have been donated by people.”

“We focus on remote locations where there are no shops and they can’t go to an AFL game.”