Donation of Football Kit into South Africa
One Saturday morning football practice during February 2017 was a day to remember for the boys and girls of the St Francis 'Galaxy football club', situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, near Port Elizabeth.
John Bissell (Poynton and District Rotary Club) and Anna Bissell (Poynton Inner Wheel) handed over a full set of football attire for the whole team. It amounted to a total weight of 60kgs that had to be carried from the UK by John and Anna as they travelled by train and ship to South Africa. The kit was kindly donated by the Richmond Rovers Junior Football Club based in Poynton, and destined for underprivileged children’s clubs in the St Francis Bay township of Sea Vista
Thomas Kuka, founder and volunteer coach of the St Francis Galaxy football club proudly handed out the attire to his players. “It is very important for the kids to have a team identity,” he said. “They will be so proud to be selected to play and wear this professional football kit".
St Francis Galaxy team has approximately 25 members from Sea Vista ranging in age from 7 to 14. They have no sponsors or other financial assistance and play for the love of the game.
Thomas Kuka’s aim in forming the club is to encourage children in his poor community to take pride in their sporting ability and to encourage a healthy active lifestyle.
“Sea Vista children need positive role models and activities that keep them off the street and away from bad influences,” says Thomas Kuka.
There is enough football kit delivered to help other St Francis townships of Humansdorf and Jeffreys Bay to also benefit in the same way.
This very worthwhile project was made possible by the great generosity of Richmond Rovers Junior Football Club serving the Stockport area, and the hard work of the Bissells in making the personal delivery.