AFL Goulburn Murray, in support with Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation created the BOOTBANK in 2014 to encourage parents and footballers to donate their used football boots so that they can be sorted, washed, fitted with Zaidee’s Rainbow laces and distributed back to the community.
“We had an overwhelming response from the Boot Bank over the last couple of years which showed there is a demand for such a program.” commented AFL Goulburn Murray Region General Manager Martin Gleeson.
“The focus is to reduce one of the key costs for junior football participation, that is, equipment purchase as well as promoting the important child organ donation messages of Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation.”
“Children grow out of their boots way before they wear them out and this is a great way for old boots to be given a new life as well as for parents to be able to purchase a decent pair of boots at a fraction of the retail cost.”
“As well as donating to Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation last year’s Boot Bank assisted the establishment of the GV Stars Access All Abilities football team by sponsoring their first set of playing jumpers.”
Bins are located at AFL Goulburn Murray Office all year round, otherwise schools and businesses host bins at the start of the year.