Motseo changes lives of women

Motseo changes lives of women

MASERU- Just a year after it was established, Motšeo Football Club is already changing the lives of ordinary women in the streets of Maseru.
The club was founded in March 2017 by ‘Mapulane Phohleli Tsikoane seeking to spread ladies football in communities and encourage women to use sport to fight challenges such as gender inequality and living healthy lifestyles.

When the project was launched, club administrator Maleshoane Mokhathi said Motšeo wanted to provide a high level of football training, raise funds, host competitions and provide academic support to women and girls in Maseru. Well, the club is already well on its way in its quest to change the lives of women.

According to the club’s public relations officer Lerato Brown, Motšeo has an on-going campaign called ‘Charity Wrapped in Dignity’.
Every month, Motšeo members identify women street vendors and then make their day by purchasing their items in bulk and for a higher price than they are being sold. Frequently, the money they spend is more than the vendor makes for a whole day and the initiative intends to help vendors make profits and raise their spirits.

“Every month we will identify one woman street vendor who sells small things then, as a team, we will at a random times buy from them with high prices so that they make way more profits than expected. We buy for more than the value of everything they sell,” Brown explained.

“The idea is that at least at the end of this year we should have touched many people’s lives, we intend to do it as an annual campaign,” she added.
Brown continued: “We launched our club in March last year so we are celebrating the achievements that we have made at the club since our establishment and we also want to share what we have been doing with our sponsors.”

As part of their one year celebrations, the club will host a fund raising gala dinner on March 28 to raise funds for Her Majesty the Queen’s National Charity Fund.

Brown said Motšeo want to change the world around them using football as a tool.
She said the club creates a platform for women to talk openly about social issues such as HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancies as well as violence against women and children.

“We do not have specific things that we raise funds for, we just raise money for organisations capable of helping women and we fund their ideas,” Brown said. “We want to collect as much money as we can to help Her Majesty’s National Trust Fund.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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