Since most of you already know, myself and a group of six youth leaders from around Edendale are going to teh 2014 Footbal World Cup in July. We are SO excited about this opportunity to see a new part of the world and to be giving Edendale, Pietermaritzburg and WhizzKids United some great exposure.
Over the past few weeks, we have become a very close group. We train almost everyday and have visited each others homes and schools. It is really nice to see how proud people are that we are gong to represent hem in Brazil.
We have also been brainstorming a lot about how to raise money to cover some of the costs of the trip. We have gone door to door around the neighbourhood to ask for support. Also, McDonalds has agreed to let the six work for them and to donate some of the money they make during that time towards the trip. So if you are reading this and will be around The Edendale Mall on the 3rd and 4th of April, PLEASE COME AND BUY SOME BURGERS AND CHIPS FROM US!!
All in all, we are excited and we hope you will stay tuned as we go from Edendale to Brazil!
Written by Nontobeko
I’m Nontobeko Malembe from Moscow and I’m part of Game Changers. Game Changers is a youth empowerment project, which aims to provide 17-24 year olds with job related skills in order to secure employment or training.
My first day at Game Changers was difficult because I didn’t know what was going to happen and what I was going to do, but now it easy because I see where I am going. We have classes about what to do in an interview, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, how to face your challenges, how to write a motivational letter, how to do a presentation, things you need in order to be a good coach, how to plan your goals and we have tasks to improve our English.
We also have learned about the WhizzKids United life-skills programme known as On The Ball (OTB). On The Ball (OTB) teaches us how to relate sport to life. We have sessions on lots of things including goals, teams and positions, HIV and AIDS and also prevention and protection where we relate soccer to life.
I feel like now there’s nothing can stop me from achieving my goals because I know how to deal with my challenges and I know more about life. I can do anything to achieve my goal!
I’m proud to be a Game Changer.