In the name of football, family and fun

By Shanaaz Prince
23 June 2014

Fans are invited to attend the ultimate Charity Showdown next month where soccer meets family fun and most importantly, giving back to charity.

Football may be the name of the game, but charity is the main aim as four local PSL soccer teams take to the field on 19 July in an effort to feed hungry tummy's for the Lunchbox Fund.

In a partnership with eTV, OpenView HD and the four teams, namely: Bloemfontein Celtic, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Bidvest Wits and Amazulu, a full day Charity Showdown is set to take place on Saturday, 19 July, teams will be competing for a grand prize that will be donated to The Lunchbox Fund, a nationwide charity that feeds impoverished school kids.

Head coach for Amazulu, Craig Rooslee (right) stands with their game kit. PHOTO: MduduziI Ndzingi Head coach for Amazulu, Craig Rooslee (right) stands with their game kit. PHOTO: MduduziI Ndzingi

Group Head for the e.tv Channels Division, Monde Twala, during a press conference yesterday emphasised the channel's goal at improving education and development within children, which was the main driver behind the initiative.

COO for Bloemfontein Celtic, Chabeli Motsamai is all smiles with his team's new kit. PHOTO: MduduziI Ndzingi COO for Bloemfontein Celtic, Chabeli Motsamai is all smiles with his team's new kit. PHOTO: MduduziI Ndzingi

"Soccer is on of the most popular sports in this country and education is on of the most critical childhood development tools. The combination of the chosen charity, which gives young people the opportunity to fully partake in their education; and the solidarity of sportsmanship makes for a formidable partnership in shaping the future for many young South Africans," he says.

Vice Captain for Mpumalanga Black Aces, Esau Mtsweni (right) stands matching his team's blue kit. PHOTO: MduduziI Ndzingi Vice Captain for Mpumalanga Black Aces, Esau Mtsweni (right) stands matching his team's blue kit. PHOTO: MduduziI Ndzingi

During the press conference, the four respective teams unveiled their kit to be worn during the tournament and loads of excitement was in the air.

The funds donated to the Lunchbox Fund is an undisclosed amount which is being donated by e.tv as well as the gate takings on the day. Currently feeding 6000 mouths a day, Sue Wildish of the Lunchbox Fund hopes that they will, in the near future, be able to feed up to 10 000 kids.

e.tv's Monde Twala (left) stands with Bidvest Wits's new kit. PHOTO: MduduziI Ndzingi e.tv's Monde Twala (left) stands with Bidvest Wits's new kit. PHOTO: MduduziI Ndzingi

"What we do is very simple, we feed kids with one hot, very nutritious meal a day at school. For us, this provides them with a behavioural incentive to be in class and if they are in class they can be educated, if they are educated they have a chance for a future," she says.

The day, hosted at the Bidvest Stadium in Braamfontein, is set to be packed with tons of family activities happening simultaneously to the games, including a Food Market, Kiddies Area, Family Fun Zone and much more, all kicking off at 9am.

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