Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Minister to launch new partnership between child safety and sport

The Hon. Phil Reeves MP, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport will launch a unique partnership between ACT for Kids and Softball Queensland at Downey Park before the Brisbane Softball junior grand final hits off this Saturday.
Originally known as the Abused Child Trust, ACT for Kids is an Australian charity which has worked to treat and prevent child abuse for over 20 years.

ACT for Kids provides free professional therapy for children who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect and work with vulnerable families to help them develop the skills, care and support networks to prevent abuse and neglect.
Softball Queensland General Manager Sue Nisbet said there are meaningful synergies between the values of Softball Queensland and ACT for Kids which the organisations look forward to promoting through their newly formed union.

“Softball is a family orientated sport which values the participation and nurturing of children,” Nisbet said.

“As a key component of our partnership with ACT for Kids, we are proud to be putting forward our elite athletes as ambassadors for the charity’s very worthwhile cause,” she said.
ACT for Kids CEO, Dr Neil Carrington, said they are pleased to announce the new partnership and are keen to work together with Softball Queensland.
“ACT for Kids has been supporting Queensland kids for over 20 years; one of our goals is to provide kids who have suffered abuse and neglect with the skills and confidence to overcome their experiences. Many of our kids find a release through sport and develop new friendships, purpose and self-esteem.
“We look forward to working Softball Queensland and talented players to further our goals and raise funds to support our free programs,” Dr Carrington said.
Media photograph and interview opportunity:
Who: The Hon. Phil Reeves MP, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport; Sue Nisbet, Softball Queensland General Manager; Karyn Lambert, ACT For Kids Executive Manager; and the Queensland Heat and Queensland Patriots elite women’s and men’s softball teams.
What: The official Launch of the partnership between ACT For Kids and Softball Queensland at the Brisbane Softball grand finals.
When: This Saturday 12th March at 10.00am.
Where: Brisbane Softball Association, Downey Park, 90 Green Tce Windsor 4030

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