Nathaniel “Cheeky” May stopped by Bunbury PCYC to meet a handful of lucky community members on Friday, 8 March 2019.
After being welcomed back to Bunbury with open arms, the champion boxer met with those involved in the Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation’s Friday Night – Fun For Families program. May signed autographs and led the kids through a boxing skills session. He said he enjoyed helping people within the community.
“It is a great program – It’s good to keep kids active, keep them off the streets, and keep them on the straight and narrow,” he said. “If they ask me to be leader or a special guest, I’ll always be happy to do it.”
Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation chief executive officer Renee Pitt thanked May for all his support. “This is our primary prevention program. We’ve got kids here as young as three, all the way up to 23,” she said.
“We encourage local sports people to meet with the kids, give them a bit of motivation, and inspire them. The program keeps the kids in a positive and supportive environment, involving recreation and fun,” she said. “We try to create enjoyable activities for the kids every week, we include a different sport to keep the participants engaged.”
Between its first and third sessions in 2019, the program has seen a dramatic increase in the number of attendees. The corporation received a $10,000 grant earlier this year, all thanks to the State Government/Department of Sport and Recreation’s Targeted Participation Program. Ms Pitt said they would be reserving the funds for a variety of future initiatives.
“We are a not-for-profit organisation and we have got some massive programs running on a minimal budget,” she said.
“Having support from the State Government and other funding bodies is important. It helps us to boost our current programs.”
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