Working through his Australian-based charity foundation, Project 6, Daniel’s fundraiser will take place this Sunday, Feb. 7 from 1pm – 4pm at the Peake Gardens Riverside Tennis Club in Marleston.
Everyone is welcome and money raised will support children who find themselves in circumstances much like Daniel did at the start of his life; living in an orphanage on the outskirts of Manila, in the Philippines.
“Sunday is about bringing together the community in the name of sport, culture and raising awareness of children living in extreme poverty,” says Daniel.
“Project 6 has the aim of improving the lives of children who become orphaned, are living on the street, or who don’t have stability at home due to illness or the premature loss of a family member.”
“I know that through participation in sports like tennis, and in programs that provide physical activity and education, the social and emotional well-being of children is dramatically improved.”
Officially founded at the end of 2018, Project 6 has already made an impact on the lives of hundreds of children in the region, establishing partnerships in some of the poorest and most remote areas.
“In the orphanages, schools and universities that Project 6 has partnered with so far in the Philippines, and with the Mission in Battambang, Cambodia, the resources that we take for granted in Australia, do not necessarily exist,” explains Daniel.
“We aim to change that by developing curriculums, donating equipment and employing local coaches, so that underprivileged kids can create better life outcomes through sport, just like I did.”
Sunday’s fundraising event marks the foundation’s first since the global pandemic began, but that doesn’t mean Daniel stood still in 2020.
While bringing on new commercial and community partners for the foundation, including Adelaide accounting firm Oreon and former employers the Port Adelaide Football Club, he also found support in the Philippines from legendary boxer, Manny Pacquiao.
After meeting in 2019, the Filipino senator and 12-time world champion, agreed to put his name to a winter beanie fundraiser last year.
“It’s important to us as a foundation that we’re getting support and recognition at such a high level, despite the current limitations.
“It has been difficult given that we haven’t been able to travel to the regions where we’ve already formed important partnerships, but the outreach has continued.”
“Manny Pacquaio is a legend who is doing a lot for the poorest of the poor in his home country, especially during COVID, so to have our beanies out there for sale in support of his work and ours, makes us very proud.”
Starting at 1pm on Sunday, the Ray White Glenelg South East Asia Community Family Tennis Fun Day will feature food from the Central Market’s Little Khmer Kitchen and Azon’s Filipino Kitchen. There will also be live entertainment from the local Cambodian and Filipino communities.
A come ‘n’ try Hot Shots tournament for kids will be held, there will be coaching for adults, and an exhibition match will be played featuring some of SA’s best talent, namely Australian Open wildcard, Li Tu and previous under 14 national champion, Alex Despoja.
Also look out for giveaways and heaps of sporty activities to get involved in. Donation entry is $5 per adult, $3 for children under 15 and a $15 Family Pass is available for 2 adults and 3 children. The event will be held in accordance with current COVID guidelines.
For more information about the work of Project Six check out their website www.p6f.org and donate. Peake Gardens Riverside Tennis Club is at 6/24 Bice Street, Marleston, SA
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