Foundation applications open

Updated: February 1, 2016

THE Mark West Foundation has set itself the target of providing 100 scholarships for young local footballers in 2016.

Established in late 2014 in memory of West, a talented Newtown & Chilwell wingman who lost his life in a game on ANZAC Day 1998 at the age of just 19, the foundation helped out 80 players in 2015.

TMWF’s Tom Harriott says the scholarships of up to $250 aim is to ease the burden of costs associated playing football.

“Things like memberships, football boots, shorts and socks, and we also like to – so kids feel a part of their club – also look at some apparel for them in the package,” Harriott said.

To be eligible, the child or child’s family must receive one or more of the following forms of government assistance.

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A with Health Care Card
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Youth Allowance

Harriott says they were overwhelmed with the response the Foundation has had in less than 18 months.

“We didn’t know what to expect,” he said.

“We got some great emails and text messages from families about how it helped them out and how happy their son or daughter was playing football.

“That was the main thing we wanted to hear back – the kids are out having fun and the parents are happy because they don’t necessarily have to worry about where the money’s coming from.”

Applications, which close at 5pm on Sunday February 21, can be made by clicking HERE.

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