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Emus help local kids to fly

Tuesday, 1st February, 2011

The Broken Hill Outback Emus are inviting junior sportsmen and women to apply for the club's Special Projects Program.

The program gives funding to juniors to help cover the cost of interstate travel and accommodation expenses.

The Emus' Steve Odgers said the club helped support young locals with talent. 

"It is for standouts who need a bit of extra help if there's a lot of training they need to get to," Mr Odgers said.

"With the special projects program the Outback Emus is a fundraiser for the kids. It makes a big difference." 

Mr Odgers said the Emus usually selected two or four youngsters each year who would each receive up to $1,000.

Cricketer Samantha Betts, footballer Mitch Henderson and motocross rider Callum Dodiemead were last year's recipients.

Samantha captained the under 15s South Australian cricket team and also played for the SA under 18s side in the national carnival.

She said the money went towards her flights each week for training, and driving to Adelaide for games and carnivals.

The support from the Outback Emus had helped her keep those commitments, Samantha said.

She encourages "anyone who's really interested in doing well in their sport" to apply for the Emus program.

Applications close at the end of this month and may made be made through individual sports clubs to the Broken Hill Outback Emus Club, PO box 1021Broken Hill 2880.

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