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Posted on: Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Give a Soccer Ball …

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Give a Soccer Ball …

Now before you skim right past this, we’re not asking for a lot … just a soccer ball or two for the youngsters in the Transkei. That’s a R45 donation to put a smile onto the face of a young soccer-wannabe …

We’ve been following Ruan’s epic journey across South Africa and this week he’s in the Transkei on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. Yesterday he came across a group of boys playing soccer in the village of Lusikisiki and started talking with one of the boys who told him about his dreams of being a soccer player. These kids don’t have real balls to play with, so … they make their own soccer balls from melted plastic. These “balls” are obviously not really round, you can’t fill them with air or even really kick them because they are filled with plastic. Nonetheless, they play enthusiastically with these balls and continue to dream … dreams of growing up to play the beautiful game for their beautiful Country!

There are many, many villages in the Transkei like this, filled with lots of soccer-hungry youngsters. Help us make these boys dreams come true with a small donation. You can donate as little or as much as you like. An inexpensive soccer ball costs about R45 – R75, but if you’d like to donate just R5 please do so. We’d like to supply each village with at least 2 soccer balls, but the more the merrier … think about your son / nephew / god-child / grandson … how many soccer balls does he have?

To get this started SA-Venues.com has donated R1500 (approximately 30 soccer balls). We hope you’ll help these kids too. Please note all donations will go towards buying soccer balls only (no delivery fees, no hidden charges … just soccer balls).

Please email Ruan at ruanpos@gmail.com and tell him if you’re willing to make a small donation – Ruan will send you banking details and give you more information on how these balls are being delivered. Please help make these boy’s dreams come true whilst they are still boys …



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1 comment about Give a Soccer Ball …
  1. March 7th, 2010 at 16:00
    admin says:

    UPDATE: For anyone that wants to send soccer balls – You can do it one of two ways:

    1). Send an actual ball (or two, or three) to Cremorne Estate in Port St Johns who have very kindly agreed to distribute balls to the villages (and will make sure each village gets equal number of balls).
    Mark them for attention:
    Soccer Ball Give Away
    Ruan Smit, c/o Jeanne
    Cremorne Estate
    Ferry Point Road
    Port St Johns, 5120.

    OR:

    2). If thats too much of a mission or you can only afford a few rands towards a ball, contact Ruan on ruanpos@gmail.com for details. He will arrange everything.

    Remember, the balls are inexpensive (they are not looking for top of the range balls, just normal soccer balls that range in price from R45 – R75), so every little bit you can donate will help! Even R5.00 will make a difference.