Saturday, February 2, 2013 (Day 24)
The coach of Real Stars, Mohamed A Kamara, invited me down to do a guest coaching session with the boys, which I really enjoyed. Real Stars are one of the four teams in the Craig Bellamy Foundation league that don’t currently have a sponsor for this season. For approximately £1000 (1200 euro; $1600), 40 boys could be sent to school for 12 months and the costs of the under 12 & 14 teams (including kit, first air, water etc.) could be covered for the same period, including their participation in homework clubs and community projects.
For those of you who know More Than a Game and regularly follow the blog I ask that you might make a contribution to help this website raise enough money for Real Stars FC’s boys, or indeed any of the other three teams in Makeni who do not currently have sponsors, to go to school for one year.
More Than a Game has created: ‘The More Than a Game Sierra Leone Appeal’. If you are willing to contribute towards the boys and the girls (a girls’ league begins in March) then please click on the link below which will redirect you to More Than a Game’s fundraising link on the GivenGain website.
The money raised goes straight into the Craig Bellamy Foundation bank account and will enable 40 children to go to school for a year; to become involved in community projects and homework clubs; and it will also enable them to play football in this fantastic league for one season, with some of the cash going towards paying the coaches, buying kit and first aid kits and providing water on match days and training days.
Effectively if you give £25 or 30 euro or $40 you will guarantee one child all of the above for a year. The football is a huge part of the kids’ lives but it is the provision of education which is most important. Thank you for any help you can give.
Donate to the More Than a Game Sierra Leone appeal
More Than a Game joined The Collective and the Craig Bellamy Foundation in Sierra Leone for a two-month voluntary placement in January 2013.