Recycling his way to the UK

Tomago have recently sponsored Xander Oxford (the grandnephew of one of Tomago’s employees, Bob McLaren’s) who is raising money to attend the West Hams United International tour in the UK. Xander, 10, is trying to raise the $6,500 that he needs for the trip by using the Return and Earn reverse vending machines scheme.

Xander Oxford, 10, started playing soccer for the Raymond Terrace Soccer Club in the under 7’s and went on to gain a place as a field player and goalkeeper in the under 9’s Hunter Valley SAP Program.

This involved driving from Raymond Terrace where he lives, to Cessnock twice a week for training and then to goalkeeper training in Thornton with the Goldman Academy. He then won himself a place at the Northern

NSW Football Newcastle SAP Program as a goalkeeper in the under 10’s. Last year Xander attended a regional camp run by West Ham United along with 350 other young athletes. Just 50 were selected to attend the camp in London and Xander received his invite in December.

Xander will make the trip to the UK with his grandfather, “I’m really looking forward to it” he said and has so far collected and recycled 15,000 items and has raised $2,500. The two-week trip includes several training sessions conducted by top clubs, including West Ham, as well as a tour and session of England FA National Training Centre in St Georges Park.

“Xander started collecting cans around his home, from people in the community and doing clean ups of the local sports fields and has been cashing them in at the Return and Earn in Medowie,” said Nicholas McLaren, Xander’s dad. “We are also looking for local business’ and other community groups that can help us financially and were overwhelmed and delighted with Tomago Aluminium’s donation” he said.

It’s no doubt that Xander shows great talent and with his determination and initiative to raise his ticket money himself, he is making his parents and his local community very proud.

If anyone is interested in donating their cans and bottles to Xander, please call 0410 326 231.

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