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Footy played with heart

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03 Aug 2010
This week is National Homeless Persons' Week, and to mark the occasion, Sacred Heart Mission's footy team - the Hearts will be taking on the MFB this Wednesday for what will surely be a fiery match!

The MFB will have to be match fit as the Hearts use the game as preparation for the upcoming RecLink A-grade grand final which they will be going into undefeated.
While they have made it over the line every game this season, the tough battle for Hearts players is off the field, as the team is made up of people who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or living in poverty.
Sacred Heart Mission CEO, Michael Perusco, said the Hearts footy team began 21-years-ago to address the loneliness and boredom associated with being homeless.
“Sport can be a great reprieve for people dealing with a range of issues on a daily basis such as lack of adequate housing, mental illness and poor support networks.
“We see in the players the adrenalin, direction, sense of purpose and camaraderie playing in the Hearts brings to their lives.
“Each player says with a sense of pride that they play for the Hearts,” Michael Perusco said.
MFB organiser and Leading Firefighter Chris Smith said: "As firefighters we’re focused on serving and protecting our community, not just in times of emergency; so we're really excited to be involved in such a fun and positive event."
"Playing a game of footy together can be a small escape from the challenges of daily life; it helps lift the spirits and encourages all players to have a go.
"Given the Hearts are undefeated, I’d say we’ve got a tough game ahead of us!" said LFF Smith.

National Homeless Persons week runs until Sunday, 8 August.
WHEN: Kick off is at 2pm, Wednesday 4 August
WHERE: Peanut Farm Oval, Blessington Street, St Kilda
WHAT: Sacred Heart Mission’s footy team, the Hearts take on the MFB
For further information please contact: 
MFB Communications & Mediaon 9665 4699 
Marika Fengler, Sacred Heart Mission Communications Coordinator  0424 137 763 

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