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Boots for kids: reinvigorated Matildas star Kyah Simon hopes to inspire Aboriginal youth

Date posted: 22 August 2014

Matildas star Kyah Simon, is recognised as the first Indigenous Australian to score a goal in the FIFA world cup. Although she has been sidelined for nine months with a crippling knee injury, she says her best days are still in ahead of her. She is hoping her reignited passion will help to motivate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children as part of her ambassador role in the Boots for kids campaign.

Simon is encouraging people to donate their children's boot's, their own boots, or buy a pair to donate, and deposit them into bins at Coles supermarkets in New South Wales and Victoria. Donated boots are then collected, cleaned up and paired with socks, before being trucked to people in need in small towns and communities where access for buying sporting boots are limited.

Simon says a comfortable pair of boots is essential when playing any sport. 'It's not only about being able to move around quickly and comfortably,' she said. 'It's about the confidence you feel turning up to play soccer or footy with a new pair of kicks on your feet.'

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


Last updated: 27 August 2014
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