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Our visit and Donations
The Tartan Army Children’s Charity have donated £30,000 each to two deserving causes:
TACC's South African Trip
Friday 11th June - Let us Grow, near Jo'Burg
(Trustees Carey and Jamie’s travel costs were funded by a corporate donation. It remains TACC policy that 100% of every £1 donated by fans goes directly to good causes)
We were picked up from our guesthouse in Jo'burg at 9am by Sixolili and Joseph, staff at Oxfam and Let us Grow, for the 1 hour drive to Orange Farm. On the way we stopped at a sports shop to buy a sack of footballs - TACC's 30k grant had been transferred a few weeks earlier but we didn't want to turn up empty handed.
Orange Farm is a vast informal settlement inhabited by people who travel there hoping to make a living in Jo'burg. It is exactly as you'd imagine it, with red dirt "streets" and basic accomodation. On this day however there was also an excitement in the air, with South Africa's opening World Cup match taking place that night.
We spent a short time organising a TACC sponsored football tournament that will take place in July, the day before the Wolrd Cup Final. The aim being to give the children a day of world cup fun, with many teams taking part and food and drink for every one.
Afterwards we went out onto the street where there were a few children milling about, curious about these men in skirts! As soon as we got the footballs out loads more childen appeared, and we soon had several kickarounds going on. We tried our best but were hopelessly outplayed!
The lasting impression we got was of the inspirational staff who run the programme, and the cheery, friendly nature of the children.