Mayor gives to Wolves

2015-07-23 06:01
Mayor Patricia de Lille handed new soccer kits to the Deaf Wolves soccer club, which is affiliated to Athlone soccer clubs, last week.

Mayor Patricia de Lille handed new soccer kits to the Deaf Wolves soccer club, which is affiliated to Athlone soccer clubs, last week.

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A deaf soccer team in Langa has received a major boost upon receiving a new kit from mayor Patricia de Lille.

The Deaf Wolves, which is affiliated to the Athlone division of the Athlone Heideveld Local Football Association, focuses primarily on uplifting disabled people in the community through soccer.

They wrote to De Lille in March requesting donations.

De Lille handed over 14 new soccer kits to the team at the Cape Town Civic Centre on Tuesday last week.

She expressed her joy at supporting an initiative in one of Cape Town’s oldest communities.

“I was approached by the Deaf Wolves club chairperson, Mluleki Bojana,” says De Lille in a statement.

“This team was founded by deaf members and for deaf members in 2013 in order to uplift disabled residents in the community.”

Bojana approached De Lille after “encountering some issues that (were) holding (them) back as a team”.

“All too often, the disabled continue to be marginalised both economically and even socially,” De Lille continues.

“They remain exposed to restrictive environments and barriers that continue to exclude them from mainstream society.

De Lille reiterates that supporting the initiative forms part of the City’s policy for vulnerable persons, which is the municipality’s moral obligation to support projects which assist and encourage the integration of those who are disabled.

“As affiliates of the Athlone division of the Athlone Heideveld local football association, they frequently play against hearing people as well.

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