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Football brings hope to the Metro

BCMM Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi together with Chippa United Football Club visited Sakhuluntu Child and Youth Centre on Friday 22 January in Duncan Village where they donated R25 000 and promised a temporary structure for the kids. The team also contributed an amount of R40 000 to four soccer clubs in Phakamisa near King William’s Town.

The centre which operates from a shack was initiated by Thembekile Havi who has a passion for working with young people.

The visit to the centre follows the request for help that was made by Havi last year to Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and his executive when they visited Duncan Village during an outreach project.

During the premier’s visit, he poured out his heart about his passion for young people and what he needed to make a difference in the life of the kids from Duncan Village.

Havi runs after-school programmes at the centre with the goal of shaping young minds through arts, sports and culture.

Expressing his gratitude about the donated fund Havi said, “I would like to thank everyone who supported my dream, the money will buy food for our feeding scheme and also buy school uniforms and shoes.”

“I don’t want young people to go through what I went through, this is my passion. What I’m doing here keeps children away from crime, alcohol and drugs abuse,” he said.

The community had asked the mayor to include a sports field in the community’s upcoming development budget.

Speaking at the event, Mtsi said, “We are happy to see such a young man who is passionate about making a change in our Metro, we really appreciate and urge young people to learn from this.”

Chippa United Chairman Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi said, “I grew up in Duncan Village and I know exactly how hard it is growing up living in a shack but through it all I have paved my way to the top by believing in myself. You too can make it just believe in yourself and focus on your goals.”

Mpengesi challenged the four clubs in Phakamisa to produce players for his team and also to use the donation wisely.

 

 

 

12:33 03 Mar 2016

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