Eagles fly west … for what?

I wonder what the West Coast Eagles hope to achieve by conducting a week-long training camp in South Africa? According to news reports, they are there to either help expand the game (in a country that has next to no knowledge of AFL) or to do do charity work in “Durban township” (at least that’s what the ABC TV News called it).This trip is a nonsense. Certainly the Eagles must have more money than sense.I guess it’s a chance to search their souls (after a tumultuous period) as they strive to bring a sense of joy to the underprivileged black children they will encounter. But why couldn’t they do the same thing here? After all, charity begins at home. I’m sure the money they spent on airfares and accommodation could have been donated to a worthy Australian cause.


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