Category Archives: Hluvukani

Westend Football Club and G.A.S.E. Marine partner up again

Donation leaves United Kingdom for Hluvukani

Donation leaves UK for Hluvukani

Westend Football Club in the UK ran another equipment drive to collect soccer gear and uniforms to send to Hluvukani for the Black Birds teams in 2012. In November, the collection of gear filling 11 boxes left the UK destined for Hluvukani and arrived in early January 2013. (Note: these pictures are thumbnails; please click them to see the full-size image.)

Ricky and JayneThwaites with Harry and Smilling

Ricky and Jayne Thwaites with Harry and Smilling

The Westend donation was followed up by a personal visit from Westends’ Football Club Ricky Thwaites and his family who visited the village they have so generously sponsored since 2008.

Ricky Thwaites and family visit Hluvukani school

Ricky Thwaites and family visit Hluvukani school

Harry and Smilling both took leave from work for the occasion and the day was spent visiting the schools, and interacting with the village children.

Westend Trophy

Westend Trophy

Smilling is in discussion with the heads of the local schools and plans to organize a regular tournament, the prize will be the shiny new trophy donated by Westend.

Adrian Ethridge of G.A.S.E. Marine, also UK based once again supported Kunavelela and its Soccer aims by covering all transport and customs costs and organized for the 11 boxes to be delivered door-to-door.

Our friends Adrien Etheridge and Ricky & Jayne Thwaites have been long-term supporters and financial contributors to the Kunavelela Community Project since 2008 and have made such a difference to the soccer component of the project.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to get the donation to Hluvukani.

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Ricky Plays With Kids

Ricky Plays With Kids

Westend Soccer Donation

Westend Soccer Donation

Westend Donation

Westend Donation

Westend Girls

Westend Girls

Some of the Team

Some of the Team

Blackbirds in Uniform

Blackbirds in Uniform

Kunavulela Community Project goes online

Harry and Smiling Ubisi founded the Kunavulela Community Project in 1997, and have been making major strides since then! Recently, a number of things have come together and all of a sudden the Project has a web presence. Donations can be made online at betterplace.org. There are currently two specific fundraising projects on the go:
raising money to buy 12 pairs of soccer boots for the senior Hluvukani Blackbirds
and raising money to buy live hens for the goggo’s veggie garden. You can read about Kunavulela here, more about the goggos here, and more about the soccer team here