The Western Bulldogs AFL playing group have headed to Ballarat and the surrounding region as part of the annual AFL Community Camps.
The group have scheduled visits at a selection of local schools, football clubs, community centres and organisations.
Meanwhile across at the Town Hall, Senior Coach Luke Beveridge kicked off official proceedings at the Civic Reception.
@cityofballarat Civic Reception for the @westernbulldogs as a part of the AFL Community Camp with @BallaratMayor welcoming the Bulldogs & Coach Luke Beveridge responding & presenting the Mayor with a signed Bulldogs jumper #aflcommunitycamp pic.twitter.com/0BJHfu5xue— Campbell Waring (@CampbellWaring) February 24, 2020
And across at the Ballarat Library, Caleb Daniel and Riley Garcia helped launch the Bulldogs Read Program.
Bulldogs Read is a literacy program aimed at giving primary school pupils from grade three to six an opportunity to participate in reading and writing workshops, and activities and events in conjunction with the City of Ballarat Libraries and primary schools in the Ballarat region.
Story time with @westernbulldogs Caleb Daniel and Riley Garcia in Ballarat made all the sweeter thanks to a Marsh Community Series win last weekend... more @WINNews_Bal at 6 #WINNews6pm pic.twitter.com/uFJYjPuedT— Louis Gillett (@LouGillettWIN) February 24, 2020
And passing on their knowledge to the students of Magpie Primary School was Matt Suckling and Sam Lloyd. Don't me misled by the school's name, there were plenty of young red, white and blue fans.
For Ballarat locals, don't forget to visit the Bulldogs Shop in Ballarat this afternoon.
Was great to have @westernbulldogs Josh Dunkley and Taylor Duryea in the Ballarat Bulldogs Shop meeting the local fans! Lots of photos & autographs had! Thanks guys! #AFLCommunityCamp @cityofballarat pic.twitter.com/jesxqvt0IZ— Campbell Waring (@CampbellWaring) February 24, 2020
A surprise visit for one very special contributor to our Son's of the West Men's Health Program in Melton.
One of the longest serving Sons of the West program veterans gets a visit from JJ and Toby McLean on community camp. Thanks for everything you do for the program in @cityofmelton Leanne! You’re a superstar ?? pic.twitter.com/STRgwQdzyk— Bulldogs Foundation (@WBFCFoundation) February 24, 2020
Now for a change of pace, just to keep the boys on edge...
Adam Parker is a local artisan knife maker from the outskirts of Ballarat, who has been making knives for over 25 years.
Not to be outdone, Mitch Wallis had been working on a project of his own across town.
And to finish the day, we stopped by some local football clubs.
And that’s a (Mission) wrap.
It wasn't just Ballarat where the Bulldogs headed to for our AFL Community Camp, with a number of AFL and AFLW players heading to Melton and Baccus Marsh - visiting schools, clinics and community centres.