Should charity have more balls?

In garages all around Australia, in car boots, in boxes, lofts and under houses, there are balls by the millions.

White balls, yellow balls, fluffy balls, bald balls, big balls and small balls. All unused balls.

Hands up those who’ve taken up and then abandoned a ball sport? Golf, tennis, cricket, basketball, baseball, hockey, footy.

There’s at least one disillusioned player, and often several, in every house.

How many balls can you find?

Some have been hit a few times, some never. Golf ball in boxes, unopened since Christmas or birthdays. Tennis balls belted a few times against a fence or thrown only once or twice at a brother or sister.

Wasted balls. But balls of value to someone else.

There’s got to be a business in collecting other people’s balls, packing and selling them.

Pre-loved balls would be acceptable gifts for budding sportspeople, for golfers who can’t stay on fairways and for people who just want the exercise or the practice.

At the very least there’s an opportunity for a charity to collect orbs, perhaps through service stations, have them repackaged and labelled (pre-loved balls for good sports) and sold. All for a good cause, possibly an idea for business’s charity arm, Rotary.

And it’s their chance for a new slogan: Rotary. We’ve got balls.

Or, more timidly: Rotary. We’ve got bounce.

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