SOS Children’s Village to host football tournament

SOS Children’s Village to host football tournament

MASERU – THE SOS Children’s Village in Lithabaneng will host its first-ever fundraising football tournament on Saturday.
The aim of the contest, christened the SOS Soccer Charity Tournament, is to raise funds for the orphanage which houses almost 1 400 children and it is open to companies and individuals to register teams.

According to SOS funding development coordinator ’Mahlompho Mapalane, 12 teams have so far entered with the registration fee standing at M3 000 while tickets to grace the event will cost M10.

The teams in the mix are Standard Lesotho Bank, Midas, Unitrans, Maseru Toyota, Thibang-Thibang, Thamae Police, Lithabaneng Teachers, SOS, Mazenod Printing Works, Blues, Botle Facilities and the Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA).
Mapalane said SOS Lithabaneng is hoping to hold the tournament annually in order to raise money to take care of the orphanage’s children.
“This will be the first time we are hosting the SOS Soccer Charity Tournament this weekend at Lithabaneng Children’s Village and 12 teams will compete against each other, we truly hope this tournament will happen annually from now on but this is a start,” she said. The SOS Children’s Village in Lithabaneng is home to 1393 children, some of whom are orphans while others have been abandoned by their parents.

At the home, the children have the opportunity to grow up in a familial environment full of love, respect and security. The SOS families are also able to raise livestock and there is farming land where they can cultivate fruits and vegetables. In addition, there is plenty of space for the children to play and run around in.
“The company’s registration (fee to enter teams) was between M2 000 to M3 000, but even individuals were also allowed to register, we will be selling our tickets for M10 on match-day at the gates,” Malapane said.

“We have planned for our programmes to start in the morning on Saturday and Sunday,” she continued.
“The purpose is to raise funds for 1393 children as all the funds will be left there for them to earn a proper living and we also hope to raise awareness about our existence,” she continued.
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental international organisation which has been working to meet the needs and protect the rights and interests of children since its founding in 1949, in Austria.

The organisation has been working in Lesotho since 1998 and provides emergency relief as well as permanent aid to vulnerable children and young people in the country.
When older children are ready to leave their SOS families, they are offered special programmes for young adults where they can live while they attend vocational training or higher education.
With the support of qualified professionals, the young adults develop positive perspectives for their future, learn to shoulder responsibility and increasingly make their own decisions.

Nkheli Liphoto

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