14 February 2011

Socceroos shirt to be auctioned to help Western Spirit Football Club at Goodna

AS a schoolboy footballer, Socceroos player Neil Kilkenny loved playing in Ipswich.

Jon Kitching with a signed Australian soccer shirt,
being auctioned for flood victims.

AS a schoolboy footballer, Socceroos player Neil Kilkenny loved playing in Ipswich.

The Leeds English Premier League midfielder recently represented Australia in the Asian Cup tournament where the Socceroos reached the final.

But he's never forgotten his time in Ipswich, returning home when he can to spend time with close friends like the Bundamba-based Kitching family.

Keen to help flood victims in Ipswich, Kilkenny has generously offered a signed Australian shirt, which will be auctioned and money raised will go towards helping flood victims.

The appealing shirt, offered to Kilkenny's good friend Jon Kitching, is autographed by Socceroos players involved in the Asian Cup.

A $2000 bid has already been registered for the prize souvenir.

"It's Neil's actual playing shirt, which was great from him," Mr Kitching said.

"The Australian Socceroos went out of their way to help raise money and now we'll see how much money we can make for the Ipswich community."

Kilkenny played for Australia throughout the Asian series, including in the final.

The shirt carries the autographs of the entire Socceroos Asian Cup squad except Jason Culina, who was injured.

Mr Kitching said Kilkenny's generosity was not surprising.

"Undoubtedly, he will come back and live here when his finishes football," said Kitching, who coached Kilkenny as a junior at Coalstars.

"He came to play for me and arrived halfway through the year," Mr Kitching said.

"He trained for a half a year without playing.

"He went on to captain the Queensland Schoolboys team. He was a standout."

Mr Kitching said some of the money would assist Western Spirit Football Club, which was hit hard by the floods at Goodna.

Despite losing their clubhouse and sustaining major damage at Kippen Park, Western Spirit club officials have been actively helping the Goodna districts community.

The rest of the money raised will go directly into the Ipswich Flood Appeal, supported by The Queensland Times.

Bids for the impressive shirt can be emailed to:

Please leave your name and contact details to verify the bid.


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