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9 year-old Billy giving children the gift of sport

Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) today launched a fundraising campaign to provide sporting opportunities to young people who, for financial reasons, may have been denied that opportunity in the past.

The concept, to be known as Billy's Bill, was developed by a 9 year-old boy called Billy. It is a community initiative to provide families with the help they need to give their children the gift of sport.

Billy approached BCYF after seeing firsthand that many children who wanted to participate in sport were unable to do so due to financial reasons and decided to do something about it.

“I went home and thought about a way that I could help other kids play sport and then worked on the idea with my parents,” said Billy.

BCYF will identify people eligible to benefit from the initiative within their existing client base and will incorporate the sporting activities into their support plans. BCYF also welcomes the opportunity to work with other agencies to expand this program.

“Sport is a really powerful tool that can provide a safe, supportive community environment for young people and their families,” said BCYF Chief Executive Officer Sandy Morrison. “Evidence shows that young people engaged in these type of pro-social activities make different and more positive choices when it comes to peer relationships and risk taking behaviour” he added.

“We see sport playing a really important role in improving the lives of many of the young people and families that we work with.”

Click Here For more information or to donate to Billy’s Bill.