Sunday, 26 June 2011
KENYAN PRO FOOTBALLERS UNITE FOR CHARITY
Oliech prays with the kids after the charity football match
Four top Kenyan professional football players spent their June 15, Wednesday afternoon with orphans of the WEMA home and played a charity football match with them as part of their celebrations of the Africa child day.
Auxere striker Dennis Oliech, Trinec FC striker Patrick Oboya, Mathare United Austin Makacha and captain Anthony Kimani, attended the event.
The top sports stars joined Radio Africa’s Maina Kageni, Ghost Mulee and Michelle Katami in the charity visit.
The afternoon was spent playing a seven aside football match, the first team was comprised of the pro footballers headed by Ghost under the banner Harambe Stars and the other team was made up of children from the Wema team headed by the Classic 105 breakfast presenter Maina. The presenter has supported the home for the last three years and Wednesday was his first visit to the home.
The Wema team won 3 – 1 in a game well played. Patrick who is now based in Czech Republic said, “The experience was good and the highlight of the day was seeing them play with us and even beat us.” Maina added, “This is such a great experience been here with these amazing kids. This was my time well spend. You know kids are the future for these country yet they are the same children who suffer so much in life. It is upon us, It is upon you and I to help these children to eat, dress, sleep, go to school and grow up like a normal child. And I am happy my team beat Harambee Stars, there is talent as Ghost observed.”
The visiting stars donated foodstuff, books and clothes to the home run by founder Wasilwa Lusweti and Mathea Helena Van Der Kolk. Speaking to Word Is, Dennis said, “This is to ensure these children have food on their stomach each morning, lunch time and supper. We promise to keep close to this initiative to keep a smile on the kids faces.”
Weighing on the same, Mathare United Captain, Anthony added, “I was excited to be part of it. After all the children did not choose to be born where they were and lending a supporting hand to them was fulfilling,” he continued: “Since we grew up in the same background, the cause is befitting as we also want to help them grow up as future leaders.”
Ghost Mulee was thankful to the pro footballers for “finding time to be here in a special way to spend valuable time with these children. For the volunteers it is not easy, you have a lot of things to do, you could have decided to smoke and drink but you chose to be here, that is a calling,” stressing, “let us not this the first and final visit, if you have something to donate always bring it.”
Also joining in the noble initiative were Jacktone Ojera and Samantha Rukandema who donated foodstuff to the center.
Photos/Dennis Macho (MichezoAfrika)