Gift puts club on track towards its future

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
James Kiely and Thomas Cross race to see who will be presented with the donation from Geographe Gift chairman Tom Dillon as Bunbury and Districts Little Athletics Club president Paul Lever watches on.
Camera IconJames Kiely and Thomas Cross race to see who will be presented with the donation from Geographe Gift chairman Tom Dillon as Bunbury and Districts Little Athletics Club president Paul Lever watches on. Credit: Callum Hunter

The Bunbury and Districts Little Athletics Club received close to $2000 on Tuesday from the organisers of the WesTrac Bunbury Geographe Gift.

The cheque for $1983 was handed over by event chairman Tom Dillon to BDLAC president Paul Lever to assist in the development of athletics in the South West.

“When we founded the Gift, our driving thought regarding the little athletics was ‘the kids are the kids today, but tomorrow they’re the adults’ and so we wanted to put our energy and resources behind growing athletics in the South West,” Mr Dillon said.

“We’ll be putting it to our committee that this becomes a continuing contribution towards little athletics.”

Almost 4000 people attended this year’s Gift and although entry was free, donations were taken at the gate, all of which eventuated to become the $1983 donation.

Mr Lever was thankful for the cheque and said the funds would be put towards new equipment for the club.

“Being a grassroots club, trying to get funding for anything is difficult and we’re fighting against football, netball, soccer and all the other bigger sports that tend to get most of the funding,” he said.

“Any sort of funding we can get for new equipment or coaching courses etc is very generous and is very well received.”

Several young athletes were on hand for the presentation and all of them were excited by the donation.

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