It wasn’t just Melbourne’s AFL premiership heroes wearing medals around their necks and smiles from ear to ear on the weekend.
Close to 200 Officer Auskicker’s received a surprise when their coaches knocked on the front door to deliver the end of year Auskick pack, comprising the coveted medal, certificate, and a Freddo Frog showbag.
Local football and Auskick were able to present a 10-week season due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
At Officer, the kids would normally celebrate the end of the year with a dedicated party presentation.
With restrictions not looking like they will be easing until November at the earliest, Officer Auskick Coordinator Melise Yeates said she had a predicament, wait until restrictions ease or come up with an idea for youngsters to receive their medal.
While ideas of a drive through pick up were floated and quashed, Melise did what she does best, come up with plans B, C and D.
Thinking what kids love best about the September school holidays, it hit Melise to marry the two things lost to Victoria this week- the Royal Melbourne Show and Grand Final.
After ordering 200 showbags and sorting medals and certificates, the call went out to the Officer Auskick Centre coaches and some parents to help out one last time in 2021.
And in true Officer style, they answered the call.
Keeping within their 10km limits, the Auskick coaches knocked on doors to deliver the bags of goodies and those impressive medals though in some cases the Freddo showbag proved to be a bigger hit.
One thing for sure, it didn’t matter what side kids barracked for, Officer did what they do best, bringing smiles to kid’s faces.