Wanderers Keanu Baccus and Steven Ugarkovic headed out to Lowland Wanderers Soccer Club to present them with a $5,000 cheque from club partner Mitsubishi Electric Australia.
The Western Sydney club were directly impacted by the recent flooding in the Hawkesbury region which saw their fields and amenities block underwater for weeks.
Lowlands Wanderers Soccer Club President David Parkinson described the sudden damage to their facilities.
“Our fields were underwater for two weeks and our amenities block was underwater for at least a week,” said Parkinson.
“We lost nearly everything that was in our shed and canteens. We had people go down and evacuate but we didn’t think the water would get as high as it did.
“All the canteen stock was left behind, jackets were left behind but more importantly all the mini-goals for the kids were left behind. As well as our training equipment and once that stuff has been touched by flood water it’s contaminated as you don’t know what’s in that water.
“Rather than risk anything we just had to throw it all out.”
The Red & Black with the help of the Wanderers Foundation and Mitsubishi Electric headed out to the club to engage with the community and present a $5,000 cheque to help the club replace their equipment and restore their amenities block.
Wanderer Keanu Baccus said it was important for the club to make real impacts in the community.
“I think it’s good for us to come down, have a run and kick with the players and it’s a good time,” said Baccus.
“The club reached out to Mitsubishi Electric and we got a $5,000 cheque for the club to help them bounce back and get back on their feet.
“Hopefully they can train at their home ground again.”
Wanderer Steven Ugarkovic spoke about his experiences as a young footballer in Western Sydney and the impact visits to club’s can make.
“Growing up as a footballer in the community, it was amazing to see players come out and give back to communities that have been struggling with recent events,” said Ugarkovic.
“It’s good to give back and give smiles to people’s faces.
“It’s a great feeling to see the kids running around and still smiling and playing football.”
Lowlands Club President David Parkinson thanked the Wanderers Foundation and Mitsubishi Electric for their support.
“(The donation) is absolutely fantastic.
“The Wanderers and Mitsubishi Electric Australia have donated $5,000 to the club and this going to make a huge difference to what we can supply the players and kids at the training around.”