Kit Bag in Action
For many of us the first half of 2020 has proven to be a very challenging environment and it is therefore pleasing to report that the charity managed to redistribute over 4,000 items of sports clothing, footwear and equipment. We worked with many familiar community groups and local government to facilitate this result. It is also encouraging to note that we distributed to four new schools in Greater Sydney and a further two in Alice Springs. We were also well supported by generous donors. The Cranbrook and Corpus Christi schools in Sydney provided quality kits and we continue to receive amazing support from many local junior soccer and AFL clubs who have woven community giving into their social charter. It was therefore fitting to be recognised by the Northern Suburbs FA and also NSW/ACT AFL who have coordinated and consolidated donations across their affiliated clubs. AFL is a very popular activity amongst remote community kids and the jerseys donated were quickly put to good use. Strategically, Kit Bag For Kids continued to develop our working relationship with MALO Republic and their fantastic ‘Buy One I Get One’ initiative (www.malorepublic.com.au) and we are excited to report that our first major project
Northern Suburbs Football and Kit Bag For Kids are pleased to announce a partnership. The two groups will work together to collect, sort and redistribute unwanted sports kit and equipment to disadvantaged children across Australia. NSFA will be working with its association of junior soccer clubs to donate gear to KBFK on their behalf. The partnership started well with Kissing Point FC donating 242 soccer jerseys in the first week.
In 2019 Kit Bag For Kids made good progress in pursuit of our goals. We added over 20 community groups, schools and associations to our growing list of recipients and the number of willing donors continues to expand as word related to our work spreads. Interestingly, we have been approached by a number of willing donors outside of NSW, providing questions for the board as to whether we grow the charity’s collection and distribution model interstate. Distribution of kits and equipment maintained a similar pace to 2018, with an estimated 3500 sports kits recycled as well as many pairs of boots, balls and related sports equipment. Further growth in turnover is restricted by the financial resources, primarily related to storage and postage, and volunteer hours available to us. We continue to focus on the quality of our products and a large proportion of our gear is now brand new, ensuring that it is fit for purpose in the hands of excited children. Feedback from recipients and donors involved in the program strongly suggests that we are getting this right and the product is sorely needed in many socio-economically challenged regions of Australia. Another exciting development is the opportunity to work
Throughout 2019, Miller Technology High School boys and girls played football. Most of our players come from a refugee background and have come to Australia to kick-start their new lives. Most of them have a passion for football and despite their limited English, it is through football that they develop new friendships and gain a sense of belonging. Some have brilliant skills, but do not have sufficient funds to purchase equipment such as: boots, socks, shorts and balls. Kit Bag For Kids Limited has been extremely supportive as they have kindly donated various types of equipment, especially football boots. Students have been using them throughout the year for our training sessions, zone games and gala days. Wearing these amazing boots makes games extra especial for our students. Some equipment has been given to students so that they can enjoy them during their weekend games. “This is just an extraordinary thing to do. I wish there were more organisations like Kit Bag For Kids Limited. Thank you very much.”, said Dylan Gutierrez – School Captain and School football team captain. By Mr Patana
For the past two years KBFK has provided kits and sports equipment in support of The Lilla Sports and Story Telling Festival. The fantastic, selfless work of the volunteers that pull the festival together each year is an inspiration to us all at KBFK.