Partnership assists homeless

Mandy Booker and Julie Mitchell from the Homeless Hub with newly-retired Dragons player Dan Hunt and Ann-Marie Balliana from Football South Coast. Picture: ADAM McLEANFOOTBALL

FootballSouth Coast played their part in Homeless Prevention Week by hosting a five-a-side day, alongside partners Wollongong Homeless Hub, to help raise awareness and funds for the cause.

The partnership, which was established this year, held the event at the Fraternity Club last Thursday .

The aim was to break down barriers, connect with the community and raise awareness for homelessness around Australia and in the Illawarra.

“An event like this is great to increase community connections for those who are homeless and a great opportunity to recognise the wonderful contribution that so many people make to the Homeless Hub across the region,” Wollongong Homeless Hub manager Julie Mitchell said.

“Sport is a great way to build team spirit and self-esteem and getting people involved in all levels of football – from playing to volunteering – is fantastic for our clients.”

Football South Coast chief executive Ann-Marie Balliana said the day was a success and she hoped it could continue throughout coming seasons.

“I think it was a great opportunity to build some relationships between the organisations ourselves, but also having some of their clients involved as well.”

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