Yesterday the Fremantle Dockers gave 12-year-old brain cancer sufferer Milli Lucas a day to remember in their changerooms, and it appears they’re not the only WA team looking out for young members of the community.
After a difficult BBL|08, the Perth Scorchers seem to be spending their time wisely off the field this winter, rallying around an incredible young boy’s hard work for the homeless.
Harper-Roy is Perth Homeless Support Group Inc’s youngest volunteer, and he’s making an enormous difference to the lives of many who are without a home during these cold months.
The keen Scorchers fan wrote a letter to the WACA, explaining his project and the impact they could have if they joined his cause.
“This winter my project is collecting new warm long socks and warm cosy beanies to help homeless people stay a bit warmer when it is cold,” the seven-year-old wrote.
“But don’t forget when you give them socks and beanies you are giving them a lot of love.”
It didn’t take long for the Scorchers to figure out how they could help.
Paceman Andrew Tye is renowned for his love of quirky socks, telling The West Australian last year he often receives fines from his teammates for how ‘out there’ his collection is.
“When I got wind of this letter, I was more than happy to help out, being the sock guru that I am,” Tye said, before he paid Harper-Roy a visit to hand over his contribution.
Only two weeks into winter, the young gun has already collected 2,700 pairs of socks – and it’s not his first year on this incredible project.
“Mum and me were thinking about how we have our warm house and the people that don’t, then I thought can we please help the homeless by giving our rugs,” Harper-Roy said.
“Then I wrote a letter and gave it to the neighbourhood. I did blankets the first year, then last year I did socks and then this year I’m doing socks and beanies.”
Harper-Roy’s Dad Jarrod said the Scorchers’ surprise visit was a nice reward for the hard work his son has put in to helping others.
“We’re super proud – days like today with AJ coming to visit and showing the support, he deserves that support,” Jarrod said.
“He’s a pretty driven little man, he’s the boss of the project and we just help him along his journey.”