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Hawks out to help Kokoda Track children

05/04/2010 03:50:28 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn will dedicate one of their home games this AFL season to raising money for children who live along the Kokoda Track.

The Hawks had a group of 40 players, coaching staff and supporters complete the trek last year, and have promised to repay the generosity shown them by sending proceeds from the round-10 home game against Sydney to Papua New Guinea.

Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett said the AFL had given permission for future matches between the Hawks and Swans to be raise funds for the people who live in the region.

He said money raised from the May 30 game would be sent to villages alongside the track so that it could be used for helping children.

"Those children get none of the $430 million that we as Australians spend and commit to New Guinea as aid," Kennett said on Monday.

"I think most of it goes to the politicians who exist in five-storey houses up there.

"We've decided to try to educate the children and to look after their health."

Kennett said the game would also help educate people more about the campaign Australian soldiers fought against the Japanese during World War II.

The Hawks had a Kokoda Track porter, Doug Kimba, as a guest at their lunch before Monday's game against Geelong.

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