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Edendale Football for Hope Centre constructions have kicked off

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Gugu Mofokeng (left) and Zanele Ndwandwe (center) at the ground-breaking ceremony
Gugu Mofokeng (left) and Zanele Ndwandwe (center) at the ground-breaking ceremony

It has begun! The news that everyone at WhizzKids United has been waiting for have finally arrived. On Monday 27 May 2013 the construction for the Edendale FIFA Football for Hope Centre kicked off with a ground-breaking ceremony.

The event which was attended by Edendale Hospital CEO Zanele Ndwandwe and Centre Manager Gugu Mofokeng saw them being honored as they dug the first hole on the ground. In a few months the Edendale Football for Hope Centre will see a transformation from being a tarred football pitch to a much more condusive artificial football pitch.   

Along with a large number of guests, WhizzKids United celebrated this day which many have waited for so long. The current architect Preshanta Vandeyar and Edendale Hospital CEO Ndwandwe explained during their speeches the importance of the centre to the community of Edendale and expressed their gratefulness of being involved in such a life-changing project.

Mofokeng, who will be in charge of the new centre after its completion, expressed how much of a relief it is that the constructions are now happening.

"From the time WKU was awarded the FFHC, to this day the road has been long, bumpy and windy but finally it is here. This is a dream come true."

WhizzKids United were appointed centre host in 2010 and since then it has been an intense planning phase with FIFA Football for Hope, streetfootballworld, Architecture for Humanity, Edendale Hospital and the KZN Department of Health, and the Msunduzi Municipality to make sure the centre matches the needs of the Edendale community in the best way possible.

This new building will provide:

  • Four extra counseling. Which means clients do not need to wait a long time to be seen by counsellors
  • A filing room for all patients' records
  • Offices space for our Head Office to move from Durban to Edendale
  • A more spacious nurses room with an exam bed
  • A Doctor’s room that is connected to a toilet which means that clients will not need to be walking up and down the passages with urine samples

The expected construction time for the centre is estimated at five months, which will see it finished by November 2013. Regular updates on the progress of the constructions will be available in our newsletters and the WhizzKids United Facebook page.

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