Wayne Bunte began selling newspapers at age nine to help his young widowed mother make ends meet.
He joined the Newsboys Club in 1957 when he was just 11. Wayne had tried to join the club two years earlier, at age nine, but was told to come back when he was older and bigger.
At the club, Wayne soon discovered Wednesday evening basketball: “I couldn’t wait for Wednesday to come around … Even now when I buy a Tatts ticket, I’ll always buy it on a Wednesday.”
Wayne remained a member of the Newsboys Club until its city premises closed in the early-1970s. He returned to Newsboys in 2003 as a Director of the Newsboys Foundation. He remains the board’s living link to the Foundation’s origins as a club that helped the boys who sold newspapers on Melbourne city streets to reach their full potential.
From 1973 to 1979 Wayne was a volunteer leader for YMCA Balwyn in basketball, administration and coaching. He was a board member at YMCA Balwyn from 1976 to 1979.
Wayne has been a councillor for Camberwell, worked with the Try Youth & Community Services. He was also a fundraising officer for the Elderly Citizens Help Organisation.
Wayne holds an MBA from Victoria University and is studying for his Doctorate in Business Administration.