Unley Publications : Unley Life Winter 2017
08 They’re not all Sturt Football Club supporters, at least not all the time, but when the Unley Council bus collects the Vietnam war veterans from the RSL war veterans home at Myrtle Bank they become one-eyed supporters for a day. “ T hey become really enthusiastic, and it’s not just about the footy," says bus driver Dennis Crawley. " It’s a welcome change of scenery and it provides a chance to grow their sense of camaraderie in different circumstances.” The club provides them with free entry, shelter and good seats on artificial grass, while Council provides Sturt scarves and caps: “Which they all wear,” Dennis says. From Council’s perspective, it’s a new opportunity to provide a service for people who aren’t normally able to leave the facility rather than residents who are reasonably mobile or can still drive. “It’s just a 10-minute ride to the oval and half the time when they’re there they aren’t paying attention to the footy, just chatting to each other and enjoying the general atmosphere. There’s usually a lot of banter between them,” Dennis says. Currently the aim is to take the veterans to every second home Sturt game: “ T hey reckon that will be enough,” says Dennis. “But from what we’ve seen so far this year, they have a ball - no pun intended.” A welcome change of scenery St John Historical Society of SA Wednesday and Friday: 10:30am – 12:30pm Sunday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm 72 Edmund Avenue, Unley 1300 78 5646 Also find us on Facebook: facebook.com/StJohnSAHistoricalSociety Come visit us at the Museum! War vets embrace local footy spirit.
Unley Life Autumn 2017