A12-year-old American, Brooke Henderson, is mobilising football equipment to donate to football teams in Malawi.
Brooke and her father Greg, are expected to arrive in the country next month to donate match balls, uniforms, boots, shin-guards, socks, ball pumps and nets collected through The Grove Church.
“I have been playing soccer since I was four and I have remained loyal to the sport for eight years. Two years ago, I underwent an eight-hour brain surgery to remove a benign tumor. It was tough, physically and mentally, but with faith and soccer, I pulled through. In the past two years I have been searching for a way to give back, and this is it,” Brooke posted on her blog.
“In just a few months, I will be in Malawi, Africa helping villages and their residents. Soccer is a common interest between me and the Malawians, and the sport will open up the villages to clean water, medical supplies, and ministries. I am hoping to collect $7 500 (about K6 million) for me and my dad to make this trip, and every penny will help us meet this goal,” she said.
Apart from the equipment, Greg and Brooke, who stay in Arizona, will also conduct football clinics for local clubs.
Greg said: “My daughter and I are arriving in Malawi in midJune. Our goal is to bring soccer to a number of villages and will be bringing a lot of soccer gear with us.”
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is expected to coordinate the clinics and donations.