Special day at MCG planned

Shepparton’s newly arrived residents are being given the chance to experience a typical Australian pastime — an afternoon at the footy.

AFL Goulburn Murray, Shepparton police, Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, Greater Shepparton City Council and UnitingCare Cutting Edge are inviting the multicultural community to the MCG to watch the Melbourne versus Hawthorn game.

The group will travel in a bus down to Melbourne and will arrive back in Shepparton that night.

Tickets for the game will be provided, but spectators are encouraged to bring some money for a mid-game snack.

Ethnic council manager Chris Hazelman said the day at the footy was a great initiative. ‘It will provide young people with the opportunity to experience a fairly significant part of Australian culture,’ Mr Hazelman said. ‘The groups we’ve taken down before have really loved it and had a great time.’

Shepparton police Multicultural Liaison Officer Senior Constable Matthew Walker said it would be a great day out. ‘It’s all about community integration and helping people become familiar with the key agencies in our community,’ Sen Const Walker said.

Shepparton resident Fazil Al Khateeb said he was excited about heading down to Melbourne to watch the game. ‘I like football, I have watched local games in Shepparton,’ Mr Al Khateeb, 32, said.

‘But I haven’t seen a big game.’

The day at the football is on Saturday, August 9. The bus will leave Shepparton Police Station in Welsford St at 12.45 pm and will arrive back at the station about 10 pm. To RSVP, phone Shepparton police Senior Constable Matthew Walker on 5820 5847.


Visit to the AFL footy at the MCG
Visit to the AFL footy at the MCG

Article and image courtesy Shepparton News



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