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The DRUM Magazine | August 2009 | 23 The recent Maningrida Football Grand Final provided an excellent opportunity for the Maningrida Volunteer Unit to host a recruitment drive and fundraising BBQ. With six volunteers working on the day, including Unit Officer Jo Killa Killmister, the team raised around $2300 for Unit Emergency Equipment and supplies, and received up to 20 Volunteer Member requests. The Unit is currently on a well-deserved break over the school holidays, however training will resume next school term, whereby the potential volunteers can have a go and join the team. The day was a great success for the NTES Maningrida Volunteer Unit and we all had fun, said Killa, adding lets see the rest of the holiday excitement reserved for community events and not call-outs. Stay safe out there. Community Spirit Alive and Well at Footy Grand Final Over the past six months, Minjilang locals have been introduced to football (soccer) and according to Senior Constable Peter Dwyer, it has become a permanent weekly fixture in the community. Peter passionately refers to soccer as the world game and insists that the locals have adopted it as their favourite sport over the more traditional Aussie rules. Most of the locals have never kicked a round ball before, however their natural talent and enthusiasm meant it wasnt long before some very competitive games were taking place. Peter happily reports that Friday night indoor soccer sessions are now a permanent weekly event in Minjilang. Friday nights have brought the community together, with school kids, youths, elders, council workers, teachers, store managers and police, teaming up for seven-a-side games, and having a great time he said. The Mamaruni school in Minjilang now has football as a part of its daily P.E sessions and three of the schools students were selected to attend a soccer academy in Darwin last month. Apart from acting as a fun, healthy way to bring the community together, Peter said that soccer was also helping with getting kids to attend school. It was agreed from the start that children who didnt attend school during the week, wouldnt be able to play. Feed back from the school has been that attendances have increased over the past semester and that soccer is the primary reason said Peter. Peters passion for the sport has been well received in the community and he is keen to ensure that its benefits continue, even after his remote service is over. The local Sports and Recreation co-ordinator has been keen to learn the rules and coaching methods, which will hopefully give the game some longevity and sustainability in the community. More Than Just a Game NTES Unit officer Jo Killa Killmister gets foamed. Kids enjoying the foam and water. The Maningrida NTES unit BBQ was well received. Friday night football in Minjilang.