It was an incredible experience to see these young men celebrating on the day team selections were announced, not because they had made the side but because one or more of their team mates were no longer available for selection because they had got a job. The Western Port Warriors was the only means for hundreds of disadvantaged young people and their families living in the Hastings and Somerville areas to connect to the wider community and to break the cycle of loss of confidence, low self-esteem, unemployment, isolation and boredom. I am a strong supporter of the Warriors, and the community will get right behind this team again.
I am very pleased that the community will be welcoming back the Warriors. Reclink Australia is calling on businesses to get behind the Western Port football team and to help raise $15 000 in the first year. Reclink Australia is a national community-based, not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with over 70 community-based organisations throughout Victoria to deliver cost-effective targeted services to improve the lives of people experiencing disadvantage, including homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug addiction, justice and Indigenous issues.