A group of eight Yarrawonga primary school aged boys have been lucky enough, through the generosity of the community, to travel to Melbourne to watch an AFL footy match at the MCG.
This is the sixth year in a row the trip has gone ahead.
The boys along with Yarrawonga’s Daryl Howard, Andrew Beverly and Phil Melkov drove to Melbourne to watch the Melbourne Demons play the Brisbane Lions.
The boys who attend Yarrawonga College P-12 and Mulwala Primary School were selected by their schools to participate in the excursion.
“The Melbourne Football Club is generous to donate tickets every year for us to go and see the Demons play at the ‘G,” Daryl said.
“It is a wonderful experience for the boys because they get to enjoy the full experience of a day at the football and see the city. Some of the boys have never even been to Melbourne before.”
This experience allows the boys to watch a professional football match in the biggest football arena in the country while they enjoy a pie, hot dog and drink.
As well as the Melbourne Football Club providing the boys with tickets, other companies and organisations are onboard to help out.
of these community groups and businesses who raise funds for these footy trips throughout the year and Daryl said he would also like to thank all the community groups involved.
“McDonalds at Wallan North bound provide meals for dinner on the way home for everyone who made the trip,” Daryl said.
“Bunnings also donated a footy to each of the boys so they could have a kick around at home when they reminisce about their footy trip.”
The local businesses and organisations involved include Crusty loaf who made sandwiches and cakes for the boys, Burkes social club, Yarrawonga Brake & Clutch, T & J Constructions, Murray Valley Tyre & Auto, Brooks Ag Spreading, Rodney Woods, Autopro, Kennedy Builders, Pirates Treasure and Sun Country Hire & Drive.
Daryl said this trip was also great for the boys to socialise more.
“With all of them coming from different schools but having similar upbringings or lifestyles, this trip brings them together and allows them to make new friends.”
A netball trip is also in the pipeline for the girls in the future after it was unfortunately unable to go ahead this year.