SOUTH Warrnambool has rallied behind one of its promising teenage footballers who has been invited to tour South Africa with an underage Australian team.
Kyden Jarvis represented Vic Country at the School Sport Australia 15 and under football championships in Darwin last month.
His impressive performances on a wing earned him All-Australian selection as an emergency and a ticket to South Africa in January.
The once-in-a-lifetime tour will cost $6500.
Single mother-of-four Belinda Jarvis said she was desperate to help her youngest son experience the 14-day tour.
“It would be just amazing,” she said.
‘‘It is not something you ever thought you’d be chosen for and then the recognition of it for any future drafting down the track, it’s massive.
Belinda said Kyden, who was best on ground in the Roosters’ under 16s premiership this season, loved football.
“It is everything, it’s all he does and looks at and dreams,” she said.
Belinda would like to travel to South Africa with Kyden.
Kyden’s father Chris, who was last seen on June 12, 2006, is listed as a missing person.
His car was found burnt out at Thunder Point and police searches failed to find him.
“We still hold out hope — the kids do,” Belinda said.
Belinda has organised a Warrnambool’s Got Talent night at South Warrnambool’s Friendly Societies’ Park clubrooms on October 26 to raise funds for Kyden’s trip.
Single entries will cost $10 and group entries $15.
Auditions are on October 19.
“I am hoping to do a fun run in December,” she said.
“I am just waiting until the warmer weather so hopefully I get a fair bit out of that.
“Then I am really relying on sponsorships from local businesses.”
Belinda, who works three jobs, said she would like to travel with Kyden.
“I don’t think it will be as expensive because they go off with the team,’’ she said.
‘‘Me and the other mums and dads will follow.
“We are going to try and stay in the same hotels.
‘‘A couple of other parents in Melbourne are trying to organise a big group booking which will make it cheaper again for us.”
Kyden, 15, said he was grateful for the support.
“I am pretty keen to get over there and have a look around,” Kyden told The Standard.
The Warrnambool College student said his next aim was to play TAC Cup football.
“I want to get to the highest point but mainly just take it as it comes,” he said.
“Do this and then next year try and get into Rebels and see how it goes from there.”
South Warrnambool president Jock O’Connor said the Roosters wanted to ease the burden on the Jarvis family.
“He played 100 games in the under 12s for us,” he said yesterday.
“His mother is a trainer so they’re died-in-the-wool South Warrnambool people.
“They are great people and they’re doing it pretty tough too, your classic Aussie battlers and they deserve a happy ending.”
O’Connor encouraged the general public to enter the Got Talent competition.