Fair Game Visit Yalgoo and Mullewa – January 2017
The weekend of the 21st/22nd of January saw Fair Game deliver its first Road Trip for 2017! The Midwest region of Western Australia has long been a focus area for the delivery of our key programs, and thanks to Horizon Power’s longstanding financial support, we were able to send three enthusiastic volunteers to the communities of Mullewa and Yalgoo to engage the local kids during their long school holidays.
Elise, a physiotherapy graduate who has recently moved to Geraldton, was joined by Regional Coordinator and teacher Dylan and economics student Rhys, who is soon to become a Fair Game Senior. They brought with them a raft of experience and energy, and were keen to kick off what is promising to be an exciting year ahead for Fair Game.
We believe in liaising with local organisations and community groups to deliver sustainable, long term health benefits, and the town of Mullewa is a perfect example of this in action. Sporting equipment provided by Fair Game is regularly used at the impressive, refurbished Youth Centre, and kids, staff and FG volunteers alike enjoy the opportunity to engage with each other. Several of the young boys in town loved challenging the volunteers to games of pool and table tennis in the air-conditioning, before some older boys showed the volunteers how good they are at basketball. Special thanks to Joel and Cohen who work tirelessly at the Youth Centre to ensure the kids have a great space to spend time in, and to Mick at the town swimming pool.
Sunday was a quiet day in Yalgoo, with many families out of town, however, there were three young girls who were very excited to have Fair Game visit. Our frequent visits to the region were shown to be worthwhile as young Shoniqua talked eagerly of previous experiences with us, and asked for us to run a lot of games she has enjoyed over the years. We began the day with ball games, a healthy breakfast and by making a healthy community banner, highlighting all of their favourite health practices, including eating watermelon, riding bikes, shampooing their hair and respecting themselves. Our props ‘Mr Broccoli and Mrs Carrot’ were very well embraced and were never far from the action. Afterwards, we played plenty of fun, active games such as skipping, an obstacle course, golden child and tag games. It was great fun and we are very grateful to the families of Yalgoo, Linaire at the Shire and the friendly staff at the Caravan Park for making our visits so seamless and rewarding.
Watch out for future trips!