At Drumoak School Football Club, over the last couple of years we’ve been trying to help out a kids football club in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. To date this has involved sending over ‘retired’ strips and the odd small donation. These have always been gratefully received and go some way to help a group of kids who just want to play football but would otherwise struggle for basic kit. The kids play on dirt pitches, and most don’t have proper kit or footwear - all the things our own children take for granted. They only get to play at all through the tireless efforts of one volunteer coach in particular (Danny Brink, 3rd from left on the photo here), and other than the occasional help we provide there is no funding for equipment etc.
This year a group of the Drumoak Coaches, from both the kids’ football and junior jog clubs, have decided to try and raise some funds so that they can buy some much needed equipment (balls, bibs, cones etc.) and maybe even some strips or a few pairs of proper boots. Between five of us, we’ve agreed to take on a 50 kilometer challenge at this year’s Great Aberdeen Run on 25th August. That’s 10km each, and whilst perhaps not the longest distance in the world, one look at the shape and injury history of some of us would leave you in no doubt that it will be a challenge – Vicki may have to do about 48 of the 50km herself! Those taking on the challenge are: John Reith, Phil Riddell, Vicki Stewart, Steven Gordon and Andrew Tweedie.
We know there are many requests on people’s hard-earned pennies, but it would be great if you could spare a few pounds to help out a bunch of kids in a far flung place participate in and enjoy their football that wee bit more. You’d also be giving some unfit 40-somethings the motivation to cross the finish line! Thanks for anything you can manage.