Wallsend state MP Sonia Hornery is overwhelmed by her electorate’s ongoing generosity to help others in need.
That was particularly evident late last week when the local member made an impassioned plea for residents to donate their old footy boots to assist families who cannot afford them, with a number of codes due to kick off in the coming months.
The Development and Relief Agency (DARA), a registered charity of the Catholic Diocese of Newcastle-Maitland, operates to support vulnerable people in the community.
The organisation is now collecting any sporting footwear that people have laying around, which are in a decent condition and not getting used.
They’ll then hand them onto children of families who are struggling financially.
And, Ms Hornery’s office at 67 Nelson Street, Wallsend, will be an official drop-off point for any pre-loved boots.
“It’s been a great response so far,” she said.
“The Wallsend electorate – and beyond – has many proud football clubs.
“It is pleasing to know so many are joining with me in supporting this fantastic initiative.
“We’ve even heard from groups in Singleton and Port Stephens.
“Getting involved in sport can be expensive, but we know the benefits children receive from regular physical exercise and being part of a team.
“However, for some local families, the costs are just too great and an already isolated section of the community is often isolated further.”
Ms Hornery said it would not take much of an effort to make a difference in someone’s life either.
“A lot of people have old boots around their home,” she explained.
“As long as they’re still in a good state, drop them down to my office.
“The simple act of donating them unlocks multiple avenues and allows them to be involved within the sport, generating new opportunities for friendships and community spirit.”