Donation for girls’ soccer team

2018-07-24 06:00
Heath Athletics u.6 to u.10 girls’ team from Lotus RiverPHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

Heath Athletics u.6 to u.10 girls’ team from Lotus RiverPHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

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A group of young girls received much-needed soccer boots and clothing from a generous donor, at an event at Rygate Sports Grounds in Athlone on Wednesday afternoon­.

The girls who form part of Heath Athletics u.6 to u.10 girls’ team in Lotus River, were treated to a handover programme in the presence of both their club managers and the donor, Flash – a local technology-driven company.

Majiet Dreyer, chairperson of Heath Athletics, says about 15 girls benefited from the contribution on the day.

“These girls come from a poor community with major challenges, and are kept busy with sports after school and weekends.

“Most of their parents do not come to support them or take interest in their love for soccer,” explains Dreyer.

“With these items being handed over to them, along with an exciting programme to make them feel special, it gives them more courage to want to belong to a team and to enjoy the sport even more.”

But Dreyer says the contribution to the club comes after an individual spotted the girls competing in their broken takkies and slippers during a soccer tournament earlier this year.

“A kind man approached me on the day, saying how the girls caught his attention while playing their game, and he offered to get some assistance for the club.

“He spoke to a friend at Flash, and a few weeks later they called to say they have a special donation for the girls.

“The company also contributed much-needed soccer kits which includes shin guards and soccer balls, among other items,” Dreyer says.

“These children needed these items, as they previously wore old soccer gear which was nearly over ten years old. I am very thankful for this sponsor for assisting our girls at the club.”

A group of 30 staff from Flash also showed up on the day to surprise the girls with several activities and snacks, and challenged the girls in a soccer match or two.

Seziwe Nxutu, the call centre operations manager for Flash, says: “Seeing these girls in the soccer gear is overwhelming. I am very happy for them, especially with them being girls who enjoy the sport of soccer.

“It is an amazing scene and we are fully behind them.”

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