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Do Something Sporty!

By Do Something
10 October 2013

Pat Cash launches the new 'Do Something Sporty!' initiative to boost sports volunteering in Australian communities.

Australians love their sport. Indeed, research by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that it's also our most popular form of volunteering, with over 2.3 million Aussies getting involved.

To make this great figure even better, Do Something founder and former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash is launching the 'Do Something Sporty' initiative. 'Do Something Sporty!' will encourage people to give back to their community by getting involved with a local sporting club.

Organised by the Do Something charity and sponsored by ALDI, the campaign is promoting the importance of sports volunteers.

To make it easier for people to get involved with sport in their local community, the DoSomethingNearYou.com.au volunteering website lists the contact details for every sporting code in Australia.

"Most people don't realise the important role volunteering plays in the sporting community," said Pat.

"Many sports programs would not be possible without the ongoing support of their volunteers. Local sports clubs need volunteers to join committees, coach, fundraise, organise special events, help with marketing, provide first aid assistance or administer clerical support. Without volunteers, many local sporting codes would really struggle."

Pat Cash is also calling on more Australians to get out and get active. "There's nothing better than getting involved in a sport that you're passionate about," said Pat. "It keeps you fit and active and it's great for your overall health."

Getting involved in sport encourages a healthy lifestyle from a young age. Surf Life Saving Australia is one of the many organisations which encourage youth to get involved with sport. Children between 5-13 years-old make up 38% of their membership.

 

 

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