Mac Millar - Football Play it Forward

Mac Millar (now 11) introduces his project: "Football Play it Forward".

For two nights in a row I have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing my new idol, Mac Millar, an 11 year old visitor from Brisbane, Australia speak about his feisty NGO project, "Football Play it Forward."

Mac's enthusiasm is infectious and so like all good infections it is destined to spread, and with Shanghai club president Frank's generous support, Mac and his mother Sacha have come to China for a whirlwind tour to speak to several local members of the Rotary family (Interact, Rotaract and Rotary) and even to some schools that are not yet part of the family, but after this week I believe will quickly become (Western International School Shanghai).

Visit Mac's website to learn more. Read his book (President Frank may have some more copies available). Support his project. 

While here Mac mentioned that one of his dreams (goals) is to send soccer balls to an impossible place – North Korea. I will be helping him achieve this and will try to link him up with another footie fan, Pak Jin Hyok whom with Frank's support and with the support of Shanghai Rotaract and SCIS Interact I brought to Shanghai in 2005 for heart surgery. Pak's dream was to play soccer again - and this is just what he did shortly after his return to Pyongyang. Pak Jin Hyok has since graduated from university and so it is a perfect time to see if we can get him involved to "play it forward" too. 

Fully recovered Gift of Life patient Pak Jin Hyok (then 15) meets in 2006 with visiting donor Adrian Cortez and Shanghai Rotaract president John Kielty in the Korea Red Cross General Hospital, Pyongyang.

Fully recovered Gift of Life patient Pak Jin Hyok (then 15) meets in 2006 with visiting donor Adrian Cortez and Shanghai Rotaract president John Kielty in the Korea Red Cross General Hospital, Pyongyang.

SR Randal shows Mac some photos of Pak Jin Hyok and his soccer ball.

SR Randal shows Mac some photos of Pak Jin Hyok and his soccer ball.

Videos

For the benefit of our China Rotarians I have uploaded a few more of Mac's videos here on Wistia: