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Intaka Eco-Centre hosts “robbed’’ footballers for Mandela Day

In celebration of Mandela Day on July 18, Intaka Island Eco-Centre and the Singer Group co-hosted a team of young Site C Khayelitsha footballers

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Date 20 July 2017

In celebration of Mandela Day on July 18, Intaka Island Eco-Centre and the Singer Group co-hosted a team of young Site C Khayelitsha footballers who had recently had their kit stolen to a day of fun, ferry rides and environmental education.

The previously disadvantaged group was from the Naledi Football Club which was founded by Billiard Molongoana, a gardener and handyman who works seven days a week to earn money to fund the club which he formed in 2007.

The Singer Group, which owns the Colosseum Luxury Hotel and Island Club Hotel and Apartments in Century City, organised the outing and provided lunch and transport for the day.

Eco-Centre Manager, Adél van Wyk, said they had been approached by the Singer Group to host the footballers as part of their Corporate Social Investment Programme and had been delighted to do so.

Lee-Anne Singer says that over the years, Billiard has created full-time employment for two people, teaches soccer to over 300 youth, and has even managed to register four of the teams with SAFA.

“With little or no resources or financial support, Billiard secured second-hand sports clothes and shoes to put together a kit for a few of the teams. He then secured a printer who would print the team's logo onto their kits.

“Then in May this year while Billiard was at work, he arranged for the Naledi coach, Power Mbotoli, to take the kits to the printers.

“Sadly, Power was robbed at the station and 30 kits, paperwork and money was stolen. My heart broke when I received a call from Billiard - not to tell me about the robbery - but to tell me that he may be late for work.

“We wanted to show the young Naledi boys and girls who will be playing against other teams in the weeks ahead without any kit that evil cannot prevail when good men and women do something to help.”

Lee-Anne called on anyone able to assist the team to do so.

“Whatever your currency - cash, goods or prayers – let’s heal the world, one soccer kit at a time!”

If you are able to help please contact Lee-Anne on lee-anne@singergroup.co.za