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Footy and music charity creates community links

Brisbane Reclink Community Cup, a day of music and football raising money to support Australians experiencing disadvantage, will kick off for the first time at Pine Rivers Showground on 25September.The charity Australian Rules foot ballgame will see a team of musicians, the Rocking horses, take on Brisbane Lines, a team of radio DJs and media workers, including The Westerner editor Lee Oliver. Federal Senators Anthony Chisholm and Murray Watt are also set to pull on the footy boots for a good cause. Proceeds from the event, to also feature live bands, kids’ entertainment, food and beverage stalls, will help Reclink Australia provide sports and art programs for at-risk youth, people with disabilities or mental illness, the homeless, and those tackling alcohol or drug issues. Dayboro musician and Rocking horses player Sharryn Bell says Reclink “gives people a second chance at being part of the community – and hope for their futures”. “I recently attended a... graduation for trainees that had studied courses in Land Management or Construction through a Reclink program,” Ms Bell said. “These people come from all walks of life in various disadvantaged circumstances; teenagers not long out of school, over 40sooking for a new start in a new career, people dealing with disabilities. “The thing that struck me the most was the sense of comradery amongst the graduates. They have all formed a bond in community and friendship that will last a lifetime, and may get them through hard times in the future. ”The Community Cup began in Melbourne in 1993 and expanded to Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and now Hobart and Brisbane. Its founder Jason Evans says Reclink “helps people who can’t help themselves”. “I like what Reclink is all about, getting people up and about doing sport and arts related activities,” Mr Evans said. Brisbane Community Cup players have been training twice a week since July. “Training has been full-on, very physical and so much to learn. It is not just kicking and catching the ball,” Ms Bell said. Brisbane Reclink Community Cup is on at Pine Rivers Showground at Lawnton on25 September. Gates open at 11.30am.Tickets at the gate cost $10 for adults and $5 for under-16s, with under-12s free

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