Brisbane Roar have maintained their community focus in the middle of the festive season, assisting the Queensland Government with their Child Safety Christmas Appeal while continuing to donate Christmas presents to local community groups.
Working alongside Minister for Sport, the honourable Phil Reeves and the Department of Communities, the club has donated 50 parent and child passes to Brisbane Roar-s January home clash against Perth Glory to help the worthy cause.
The tickets will be given to young people in foster care around the state as part of the Child Safety Christmas Appeal, with special focus given to those who may never have had the opportunity to attend a large stadium event before.
Continuing in the Christmas spirit, club representatives were present at Milpera State School-s exit parade last week to hand out Brisbane Roar gift packs.
Based in Chelmer, Milpera is a secondary school that caters for newly-arrived immigrants and refugees for whom English is not their first language and hosted the parade to celebrate the end of the school year.
The students were overjoyed to receive the gift packs from the current Hyundai A-League leaders, which included tickets to a match at Suncorp Stadium in the New Year.
Brisbane Roar-s festive spirit was also on display at Ballymore, with individuals from the Salvation Army-s Brisbane Recovery Services Centre (Moonyah) visiting a National Youth League squad-s training session.
Recovering alcoholics, drug addicts and gamblers from the centre took time out of their rehabilitation program to call into training and NYL coach John Sime and assistant coach Remo Buess ensured they were not left out, putting them through some training drills with the team.
They also received Christmas presents from the club – tickets to the highly-anticipated Boxing Day M1 derby against Gold Coast United.
The Brisbane club has also been busy with summer holiday clinics, with recent football clinics conducted at Brisbane Grammar School and in Toowoomba.
Roar players Massimo Murdocca, Shane Stefanutto, Luke DeVere and James Meyer were on hand at Brisbane Grammar School to help organise a mini World Cup tournament, each of them assigned a team of young players and a country to represent.
After a few tightly matched games, Stefanutto-s Spain met Murdocca-s Germany in the final with not even a golden goal able to separate the two sides.
Roary’s Christmas schedule has also been full of activity, visiting Browns Plains Early Years Centre Community Event, 4KQ Variety Special Children-s Christmas Party, Collingwood Park State School carols and Carols in the Carpark at Acacia Ridge as Christmas draws nearer.