While finalising our preparations for the drive into Mozambique the next morning, our event in Chimoio the next evening and journey on to Swaziland, various team members received warnings and expressions of concern from different individuals regarding our planned route through Mozambique and on to Swaziland because of recent attacks on the main road we would be travelling. As these reports amassed at the makeshift headquarters – a cafe with internet – we began to research and found that indeed, a 100km stretch along the EN1, the main road between Chimoio and Vilanculos has been struck in the past few weeks by regular gun attacks. Cars travelling that road have to travel in convoy with military escort, the convoys have been one of the main targets of the attacks, and only one convoy travels per day. Faced with this limited but clearly worrying information, we quickly spoke to our partners…
Day 17 – Chinyama Village, Malawi (near Salima): Nail-biting Penalty Shootout Brings the Crowd to Their Feet
Name: Michael Holmes Age: 11 Place: Nr. Chipata, Zambia Just over the Zambian border, near Chipata, we stopped outside ‘The Gunners Pub’ to pick up some water and met Michael Holmes, 11. Michael was playing with his friends with a ball he had made from melted plastic and scraps of plastic bag, nicely coloured by the accumulation of red dust…He was happy to exchange his creation for a ball donated to Africa Goal by Select Denmark. As Michael and co. began another kickabout with their new Select ball, we wondered if one day a certain Mr. Wenger might one day pay a visit to ‘The Gunners Pub’ to scout for a new playmaker while enjoying a cold Mosi.
Club Brugge, one of Belgium’s top football clubs has donated club football kits and training wear, as well as club footballs to the project to be used as prizes during partner events. Founded in 1891, Club Brugge is one of the top clubs in Belgium with fans all over Belgium and the world. Thank you for your support!
A very special thanks goes out to the Harare International School community who managed to raise over $3000 dollars to support the Africa Goal 2014 Project during their 24 Hour Run. During the 24 hours around 1000 participants took part managing to run 18,655 labs – adding up to a staggering 6529 km – approximately the same distance the Africa goal team will travel from Kenya to Swaziland as part of the 2014 campaign! Thank you HIS!
The Africa Goal project would not be possible without the generous support and donations of organisations, companies and individuals like you. Please visit our crowdsourcing campaign page in order to help us raise funds for the 2014 Africa Goal project, using Causevox and Stripe to process credit card donations simply and securely. All funds raised from the website go towards the purchase of necessary broadcasting equipment, HIV & AIDS awareness materials being developed in conjunction with our partners, travel costs as well as footballs for trading. Through our fundraising page you can see specific items we are fundraising for. To find out more details about the project as well as specific budget details please download the 2014 Africa Goal Project Proposal. Please follow the link to support Africa Goal – we are hugely grateful for any contribution that you can make.
March 10, 2014 – With less than 4 months left before the start of the 2014 World Cup, we are excited to announce the launch of the Africa Goal website. Keep checking news/events section of the website for updates, articles, news, photos and video clips during the lead up to the project and whilst we’re on the road! All campaign materials will also be available as downloads.
Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace The United Nations considers sport to be a powerful tool to promote education, health, development, and peace. Sport unites people of all social classes, cultures, and religions in a positive and educational way.As the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, it is with great pleasure that I offer my support to the Project, “Africa Goal 2010” for one year. The initiative is an extraordinary example of the application of sport as a tool for development and peace-building efforts. Harnessing the opportunity of the World Cup and building on the experience of the implementation of this project in 2006, the Africa Goal Project will combine screenings of the World Cup Football Games throughout the African continent with awareness raising campaigns about HIV and AIDS. In cooperation with local community based NGOs…