#PlayForLives is an initiative being led by former Socceroos Captain and proud supporter of our region, Craig Foster.
The initiative is about encouraging Australia’s sporting organisations and athletes to get mobilised and actively involved in one of the thousands of volunteer positions left vacant in the wake of the pandemic.
COVID-19 is putting charity organisations under pressure, in part because many of the volunteers who ordinarily support these causes are over the age of 65. These generous individuals are currently restricted from helping as they normally do due to being assessed as being in a high risk demographic due to the concerns over exposure to COVID-19.
As a nation, our sporting organisations are where we are strongest. Every day throughout the country people gather together to participate in one of the best elements of Australian life — improving their physical fitness, their mental health, and forging strong community connections by playing the sports they love. And they rely on clubs to help them do that. That’s why involvement with #PlayforLives would really help.
It’s also a way of caring for members of sporting clubs. The absence of regular training sessions and games can really hit hard. For many people, the local sporting club is their community. It’s something they look forward to being a part of, week in, week out. Sometimes, being part of a team and sport, can be a lifeline. The #PlayforLives initiative gives people an opportunity to maintain that connection, to harness the energy that usually gets channeled into their sport, and to feel useful in the face of something that is a challenge for everyone.
Many individuals within clubs may be experiencing their own challenges during these strange times, so not everyone will be in a position to assist, but this initiative is invaluable in ensuring that Australians everywhere get through this difficult time and that those who need the most support are not left behind.
For more information or to register your support, please visit: www.playforlives.org
Should you need any help getting your organisation set up and members on board please reach out by clicking here