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.)
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.
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.
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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