31 March 2012
The Foundation set up by Premier League striker Craig Bellamy to help children in Sierra Leone through football and education is partnering with Dutch charity KiTs for the World to raise funds at the highly rated Hanze Trophy on 8th April.
Both charities hope to promote education, discourage violence and help develop communities in Africa through football and Zwolle based KiTs for the World will hold a raffle to raise funds.
Donations for the Lottery:
• An iPad 2, donated by Dutch company xando.
• A signed Liverpool FC shirt signed by Craig Bellamy and all his Premier League team mates.
• Yaya Toure's Manchester City shirt signed by Toure and his team mates
• Shirt from from FC ZWOLLE signed by all the first team.
KiTs for the World has collected kits from football teams across Holland to send to children in Africa and countries around the world will use the money raised to ship some of the thousands of donated team kits to Sierra Leone to support the work of the Craig Bellamy Foundation.
The 2012 Hanze Trophy, an unforgettable weekend-long competition organised by amateur football club SVI, will see teams from across Europe compete for the title of best youth team. Nearly 150 volunteers will be involved in the ninth edition of the tournament.
Geke Stokkink, co founder of KiTs for the World said:
‘We are happy to have Xando and The Craig Bellamy Foundation on board for this project and we hope to announce an exciting new project with KiTs for the World, in the coming months. We also would like to thank FC ZWOLLE for their support of KiTs for the world by the generous donations over the years for this event.
‘We’ve already attracted huge support from people and clubs sending in their football kits, but now the kits must be sent to the people who need them most. ‘The Craig Bellamy Foundation is developing communities through the universal language of football.
'To support this fantastic cause and raise awareness, we want to send out the kits that have lived hidden in people’s wardrobes for years and team kits donated by clubs and put them to good use.
‘Fund raising is a must for this project to ship the kits out and we hope people are just as generous in supporting us to do that.’
Tim Kellow, CEO of The Craig Bellamy Foundation added:
" We are delighted to be involved in such a wonderful initiative. Football is an international language and it is great that children from across Europe are coming together to support those kids less fortunate than themselves - whilst having fun in the process!"
Come and get your tickets
Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event on the 8th of April, at the Hanze Trophy which is the ninth time, the international tournament for youth teams, is organized by amateur football club SVI. Over the years the Hanze Trophy has been the best rated tournament by teams that took part.
Thanks to the entry of teams from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Wales, Scotland and England, there were mostly groups in which four different nationalities were represented. During the Easter weekend nearly 150 volunteers will be active, helping to provide the competitors an unforgettable weekend.
About The Craig Bellamy Foundation
Building a better future for Sierra Leone through sport and education
The Craig Bellamy Foundation was created in 2008 to offer underprivileged children the chance to reach their true potential. The Foundation runs a non-profit professional football academy and also a national youth league that uses football to tackle the country’s key development priorities – education, health, youth exclusion and gender inequality.
Our Academy nurtures the athletic, academic and personal development of the country's most promising sporting talent, securing them footballing and education placements oversees.Five year scholarships are awarded to children aged 11 to 13 following an extensive annual nationwide scouting process.
The Youth Development League
Our League’s unique model ensures that all players regularly attend school, respect principles of fair-play, and deliver health messages and social development projects that benefit other children and communities. Involving over 2000 children - boys and girls - in 100 teams at the under-12 and under-14 age groups, the League covers the country's four regions – Freetown, Makeni, Bo and Kenema
• Education: Achieved average school attendance rates of 94%, more than four times the national average for secondary education of 21% (UNICEF 2009)
• Community development: Implemented over 500 youth-led community development projects with engagement and support from local stakeholders
• Girl’s rights: Promoted gender equality and empowerment by improving girl’s school attendance, participation in community projects and life skills development
• Health: Delivered life-saving health messages to over 50,000 people across the country including sensitisation on hygiene, malaria and HIV/AIDS
• Youth empowerment: Tackled youth exclusion through employing and training more than 100 male and female youth leaders and helping them to identify career pathways
Now in our third full season, the League's scope and impact continues to grow. We are expanding to involve more regions and age groups and, on International Women’s Day 2012, launched a national Girls League.
We are now seeking your support to help implement this growth and offer thousands more children the chance to improve their and their communities’ lives.
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