The Gold Coast SUNS recently visited Boots For One And All to donate sporting goods including football boots, drink bottles, balls and apparel.

Boots For One And All is a charity that exists to see the elimination of abject poverty in remote Indigenous communities of Australia.

It was founded by Palm Beach local Natalie Contogeorge and through the donation of football boots and sporting goods, their work seeks to remove the structural barriers that exclude or hinder young people from participating in education and sport.

Originally a passion project based out of a garage on the Gold Coast, the organisation has managed to donate close to 12,000 pairs of boots to the community to date.

Their impact stretches far and wide; from flood effected communities in Queensland and Northern New South Wales to as far as Groote Eylandt, some 50km from the Northern Territory mainland and eastern coast of Arnhem Land.

“We are passionate about First Nations young people having equal opportunity. Participating in sports, like football will boost their self-determination and lead to better social outcomes,” said SUNS Indigenous Programs Coordinator Jarrod Harbrow.

SUNS Community and Engagement Programs manager Brendan Hitchens agrees.

“Good health, wellbeing and sport are intrinsically linked, so for people to miss out on participation opportunities due to lack of finances or their location, is a real tragedy,” he said.

“Through working with some of our partners, we are proud to donate sporting goods to Boots For One And All so that people can experience and be empowered by the joys of football and team sports.”

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