Friday, August 28, 2009

New Boots for Palm Island Kids

August 2009

Indigenous kids on Palm Island are riding around with brand new RM Williams boots courtesy of kind Australians who donated riding gear after a call went out through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grapevine.

School Teacher James Ward from the Bwgcolman Community School says he saw how naturally gifted the kids were at horse riding, wanted to do something for a few kids who had helped him. He sent a message out on the ATSI Grapevine, asking if anyone could donate riding gear to the kids who have been riding these (brumbies) wild horses bareback and without riding boots.

Mr Ward says he was overwhelmed by the support of the Australian community, both from Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. He had asked for riding gear for around 9 or 10 kids who had helped him with a project, but he said they actually received enough riding gear for at least 40 children.

Ward says the Bwgcolman school principle will meet with parents and school teachers to decide how the rest of the gear will be distributed, and will consider the riding gear as an incentive for kids who do well in school.

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