Lions’ partnership lighting the way

SOUTH Gawler Football Club and charity foundation Light the Way have formed a partnership that is believed to be the first of its kind in the Barossa, Light & Gawler Football Association.
Light the Way provides grant funding to underprivileged youth across a variety of areas, such as physical activity, arts, music and academia.
South Gawler president Luke Officer said the partnership is a way to give back to the community.
“Given that we are a community-based organisation, and we’re only getting our roots deeper into the community with the anticipated merger with the Gawler RSL, women’s footy, cricket and netball, we see it as that because we rely on the community so much, that we should give back.
“We’re going to run a community-based day against Gawler Central at home, where donations will be made to Light the Way and there’ll be a portion of gate entrance money that goes to it as well.”
Light the Way is the official charity partner of Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL, and Mr Officer said he would encourage other BL&G clubs to follow suit.
“A lot of SANFL clubs are tied to charities,” he said.
“There is no financial benefit to us, there’s not donations; the partnership is based on linking ourselves to the community.
“Clubs want players, clubs want sponsors, clubs always want, want, want, but, in my view, clubs also need to give and this is our way of giving.”
Light the Way chairman Tom Zorich said he’s eager to work with the Lions.
“We set up the foundation to assist those people aged under 21, and we’ve been working hard with our fundraised money, which we’ve already started to distribute to people through a grant,” he said.
“We look forward to having a great relationship with South Gawler Football
Club.”

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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