By Jeremy Butler
ALDI's store in Lismore has come to the aid of local football clubs hit by the floods recent floods in the Northern Rivers.
Kyogle FC and Tumbulgum Rangers were both presented with a donation of vouchers worth $750 by their local ALDI.
The donation, which was set up with the help of the FFA and Football Northern NSW, is helping the clubs return to normal following the floods.
ALDI's efforts to help the teams comes just weeks after Australia’s extended football family joined forces to provide support for flood affected football clubs in south-east Queensland following Cyclone Debbie.
Football Federation Australia (FFA), Football Queensland (FQ) and Football Gold Coast and their commercial partners including Westfield, ALDI, Caltex, Nike, Qantas, NAB, Mitre, Foxtel and Summit Sport joined together with Socceroos legend Archie Thompson to provide some moral support and practical assistance as communities try to resume normal life.
ALDI MiniRoos Ambassador and Socceroos legend Archie Thompson was joined at one of the clubs, Murwillumbah FC, by club president Darren Mackay and Football Gold Coast General Manager Damien Bresic to announce the support being provided and personally deliver some of the donated items.
FFA CEO David Gallop paid tribute to the corporate partners who provided assistance and resources for clubs in the region. More than 10 clubs in Queensland are being helped, others are being identified in northern NSW.
“Everyone has seen the devastation and damage caused by the floods in the region either side of the Queensland and New South Wales border,” said Gallop.
“To have a host of FFA’s corporate partners put their hand up to help local football clubs in the region get back on their feet is yet another sign of the football community coming together and demonstrates the strength and unity of football.
“We thank each of the organisations who have donated to the cause and also Archie Thompson for taking the time to visit the region after all of the tribulations clubs have faced due to the floods.”
As part of his visit Thompson also conducted an ALDI Miniroos coaching clinic with kids from Murwillumbah FC.
“The day has been awesome. The turnout by the associations that are here, the kids, the parents, you can see the smiles and it’s really reassuring to know we’ve got that support,” said club president Mackay.
“It gives a spark to our players and parents, and this assistance will really help us get back on top of things after the floods.”
“It is really heart warming knowing we have got the support from the football community locally, at state level and nationally.”
In addition, Logan Lightning FC, Gold Coast Knights FC, Ipswich Knights FC, Murwillumbah FC and the Capalaba Bulldogs have been invited to play at half time of the Hyundai A-League 2017 Finals Series match between Brisbane Roar FC and Western Sydney Wanderers FC at the Suncorp Stadium.