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Second Hand Boots Given A Second Life

AFL Goulburn Murray, in support with Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, is once again opening its Boot Bank across Shepparton and surrounds over the next three weeks 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.

Boot Bank collection bins are being placed in primary schools and partner locations from 10 to 20 March with the call for people to ‘drop in and drop them in’. The donated boots will be sorted, assessed, washed and fitted with a new pair of Zaidee’s Rainbow laces.

On Saturday 23 April the Boot Bank will be open at AFL Goulburn Murray, Kialla Park Community Centre, Reserve Street, Kialla for parents and players to purchase a pair of recycled boots for the nominal fee of $15.

"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."

Boot Bank collection bins will be located at the main office areas of these venues from Tuesday 10 to Tuesday 20 March:

Various local primary schools, AFL Goulburn Murray office (Reserve St Kialla), Council Offices (90 Welsford Street), Kevin Hicks Real Estate (228-232 Wyndham St)

The Boot Bank will be open to the public on Saturday 23 April from 9am to 1pm. All boots collected will be on sale for $15 a pair which includes new Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation laces