Kit Bag in Action
Dear Supporters, We are pleased to report that Kit Bag For Kids made significant progress across many objectives in the first half of 2021. First, and most importantly, we delivered a total of 6,505 items of sportswear and equipment to disadvantaged Australian children. This was a record six-month period reflecting continued growth in our footprint and also the successful recruitment of a number of enthusiastic volunteers. Staffing is an important contributor to success and we thank our volunteers for giving up so much of thier free time to help others. Donations were plentiful. We were delighted to accept large donations from Oxford Falls Grammar School, Northbridge FC, Lane Cove FC and numerous Junior AFL clubs as well as a large haul of footy boots from Juggles Football Culture. Donors are our life blood and their involvement is proudly displayed on our website. We were also extremely proud to be involved in a partnership programme with the NSW Office of Sport and Creative Community Concepts to take healthy lifestyle and mental health activities out to eight remote towns in the far west of NSW. The Far West Active Fest was a huge success with over 800 children attending and enjoying the
Raíz Invest is one of Asia’s leading micro-investing firms and a long-term supporter of Kit Bag For Kids. We are delighted to announce that Raiz has again in 2021 provided us with valuable financial support to allow the charity to continue operations. Raiz believe it is important to give back to the community. The team at Raix support charities and programs through financial donations and mentorship to organisations helping disadvantaged kids, as well as programs protecting our Australian rainforests and planting new trees. Great news all-round. Thanks Raiz!
“The Half Basketball Court, apparel and 3×3 comp is such a fantastic incentive for the community to come together and feel like they belong and encourage them to engage in regular healthy recreational activities. These simple gestures mean so much to the children of Wattle Hill and CCC are so grateful to Kit Bag for Kids for kindly donating to this project and enriching the experience.” Mel, Creative Community Concepts
It is great to see these smart donated guernseys getting a second life. They were taken 120km South East of Katherine by the AFL NT Youth Development Team to a community called Jilkminggan. The ‘Jilkminggan Blues’ were thrilled to get to wear the uniforms.
Kit Bag for Kids worked with NSW Office of Sport, Creative Community Concepts and MALO Republic to facilitate eight Far West Active Fests in Dubbo, Broken Hill, Menindee, Collarenibri, Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Brewarrina and Bourke during Match. Hundreds of kids from across these communities attended the events and each culminated in a MALO Colour Run. All children participating received a free MALO Republic sports kit and got to exchange their participation tokens for quality sports gear at the Kit Bag For Kids stall.
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.