A-League team visits town

PLAYERS from Gold Coast United put smiles on the faces of flood affected school children during a visit to the region last week.

Patrick Estate State School Teaching Principal, Liz Bailey, said the visit was a highlight to the kids first week back at school.

“It was fantastic,” she said.

“It was lovely to see the smiles on the kids faces and we have some hardcore soccer fans here too, so they have been very excited.

“Quite a few of the kids play for the Brisbane Valley Soccer Club in Lowood, and so for them having the drills and playing a bit of a game with the players was a great experience.

“Many of the boys sacrificed brand new soccer balls to have them signed, and I have to say there are a lot of mums out there who were excited about the visit too.”

Miss Bailey said the visit was a result of the efforts of Gold Coast United owner, Clive Palmer, who owns a horse stud in the Patrick Estate area that was hit hard by the floods.

“The players are out here today and they brought boxes of donated toys and books and things that had been collected at one of their games for the school and the kids,” she said.

Gold Coast United players also visited schools in Lowood and Fernvale in their tour of the region.

She thanked the many volunteers that pulled together and got the school clean in time for the beginning of term.

“In everything that had happened, the clean up was a low priority, but there were so many people who came to help,” she said.


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