Footy helps in tough times

By Jeff Neumann

Many know of the devastation brought to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction over 160km wide through the central Philippines  in November 2013

As the recovery and rebuilding phase continues, AFL has been able to bring some happiness to the lives of children in local communities such as Tacloban, Manila, Cebu, Boracay and Guimara islands.

These communities were some of the heaviest struck areas throughout the region.

Local football identity and passionate Hawthorn supporter Chris Skehan has been a Vincentian volunteer for just over 2 years and jumped at the opportunity to head over to the Philippines and volunteer his time, not only to experience and witness the local culture, but to help make a difference where he could.

Chris contacted the AFL Queensland game development office on the Darling Downs to see what was available to donate to the local children.

At first Chris only asked for a small amount of gear to take over but was thrilled when he received a box full of footballs, bags and giveaways to pass on.

“Big thanks for the footys and bags, bloody awesome,” Skehan said.

“There’s going to be some happy kids.”

On his return Chris shared his photos of the children kicking and enjoying themselves with the footballs.

It might be Australia’s game but is helping make a difference in someway, everywhere.

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