The BGS Closing the Gap committee, led by Year 12 student Ashmit Vyas, hosted Kick for a Cause on Saturday 10 June, with the school community joined by two famous sports star graduates in raising funds for Lady Cilento Children's Hospital to support patients from remote Indigenous communities.
The concept was the brainchild of Ashmit, who alongside his fellow BGS Closing the Gap committee members, set about planning the six-a-side football event.
"We wanted to reach out to the wider school community and gain support from as many students and parents as possible," he said. "For an avid football fan like me Kick for a Cause was the obvious answer and I was convinced that the game could be used as a force for change."
"On a personal level, the initiative represented an amalgamation of one of my greatest passions in football and one of my dearest values in service."
BGS students were given the once in a lifetime opportunity to play alongside or against Socceroos and Brisbane Roar legend Matt McKay, who graduated from BGS back in 2000. While others gained the opportunity to play with or against young gun Test cricketer Matt Renshaw, who graduated in 2013.
McKay said he was more than happy to return to his high school for such a worthy cause. "It was a pleasure to help out and be a part of Kick for a Cause," he said. "For me it brought back so many fond memories of playing at the great Northgate Playing Fields. It was so wonderful to see so many students and parents out supporting and raising funds for Lady Cilento Hospital."
Ashmit said the popularity of Kick for a Cause exceeded expectations, with 110 participants ensuring each team played at least four games on the day. Funds are still being counted, but look to have exceeded $4000, which will go to Lady Cilento Hospital to support patients from remote Indigenous communities.
The BGS Closing the Gap committee organised the Kick for a Cause event, led by Ashmit Vyas (pictured above).