The last three months of the year have gone smoothly for Alive & Kicking in Kenya and Zambia. Both our workshops have continued making and distributing hand-stitcher leather footballs to schools and youth projects in disadvantaged areas. Below are some of the stand-out achievements from the period.
Alive & Kicking Kenya's newly designed animal print footballs of Cheetahs, Lions, Crocodiles and Tortoises aim to promote awareness of wildlife protection and can now be purchased in Nakumatt stores in Kenya. As with all Alive & Kicking balls sold in Nakumatt outlets, the margin that the store makes is donated to projects in Kenya and all A&K’s work remains not-for-profit.
Alive & Kicking Zambia has spent the past 6 weeks planning its first health awareness roadshow, which is scheduled to take place in 2012. Based on the model developed by Alive & Kicking Kenya, A&K Zambia plans to hire a bus and deliver HIV/AIDs education alongside sporting activities in the Copper Belt region of the country. Balls will also be donated to participating schools.
In Kenya plans are also underway for a roadshow next year, although this time with a twist. In 2012 the roadshow will focus on peace and is targeted to coincidence with a general election year. Previously, elections in Kenya have led to outbreaks of violence, so the Peace Roadshow will be aimed at encouraging peaceful attitudes and behaviour amongst young adults.
Alive & Kicking is pleased to be receiving assistance from two professional English football clubs. Kenya's partnership with Arsenal in the Community has continued, with the club sending coaches to deliver training to local Kenya schools alongside the donation of Alive & Kicking balls. In Zambia, the workshop has been lucky to receive assistance from Swindon Town who are purchasing balls to use in their project in Mozambique.
In November this year the CEO of Brightside Group, a UK company, completed the East African Safari Classic: a gruelling 9-day drive in a classic car. The 4300km journey started on 19th November in Mombasa, looped through Tanzania, and finished back in Mombasa on November 28th. Brightside Group plc is hoping to raise £100,000 for Alive & Kicking.
Thank you to everyone that has donated to us in the last three months, and throughout the year. On behalf of everyone at Alive & Kicking we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a great 2012.
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