Battlers win with Wheels for Winter
WHILE footy fans rejoice as winter approaches each year, spare a thought for those struggling to afford food and clothing.
It is why the Ipswich Jets and Ulysses Club have joined forces to create Wheels for Winter.
Wheels for Winter is an appeal for Ipswich residents and Jets fans to donate blankets, warm clothes of any size and for all ages, and non-perishable food items which will be made available to the public through the Salvation Army.
The appeal begins with a convoy, led by the Ulysses Club, travelling from Redbank Plaza to the North Ipswich Reserve, where the Jets take on Burleigh in the Queensland Cup this afternoon.
Wayne Wendt, in his former role as state MP, had been involved in the Ulysses Club's annual Toy Run, helping raise funds for the Salvos.
"They do one run a year so I thought, 'why not make it two'," he said.
"It's creating an opportunity for the less well-off in the community."
The Ulysses Club didn't have to be asked twice before agreeing to get on board.
"We thought it was a good idea," Ulysses Club secretary Ian "Foggy" Winter said.
"We raised $17,000 a year through the Toy Run, which we've done for 18 years."
The hope is Wheels for Winter can become as successful and remain an annual event.
"It enables everyone to see our brand and recognise the positive work we're trying to do off the footy field," Jets forward Sam Martin said.
Everything that comes in on Saturday will be distributed to three Salvation Army locations; Ipswich, Bundamba and Goodna.
The run leaves Redbank Plaza's top carpark at 1.30pm and makes its way along the Ipswich Motorway to the North Ipswich Reserve about 2pm, with the A grade kick-off at 3pm.
Anyone is welcome to join in the convoy.
Those attending the game will also be able to provide a gold coin donation to the Salvation Army outside the ground.