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My name’s Cornell, and I’m doing work experience here at the RSA, which makes a nice change from doing my GCSEs.

My name’s Cornell, and I’m doing work experience here at the RSA, which makes a nice change from doing my GCSEs.

I have the spent the best part of today researching organisations or charities that extract a social benefit from something which people find enjoyable.

In doing so I came across Football 4 Africa. Football 4 Africa was created in 2007. When people working with the charity Abaana visited Uganda, they discovered how much the children loved football. This got people thinking and in October 2007 Football 4 Africa was born. It began with ‘Football Shirt Amnesty’, a scheme where old football shirts were donated to people who needed them in Uganda. This was such a success F4A decided to go that extra mile. In 2008 a goal was set to raise £35,000 to build a school in Uganda.

This is one of the best ideas I’ve come across in a long time. What better way to raise money and awareness about young children in Africa without basic health care or education in order to live a happy life, than through something that is universally loved…football?

This specific cause reaches out to me because of my love of football. I have personally seen the game steer misguided criminals away from crime and violence, due to their realisation of the dedication and passion needed to be successful at football.

After all, if there is one language spoken worldwide, it’s football. You find Manchester United fans in Singapore and Real Madrid fans in Tunisia. Football is simply a great way to connect people globally and connecting people is vital when trying to help.

So I for one will be extremely eager to participate in any fundraising events I become aware of and advise anybody interested in making a difference, to do the same. Visit www.football4africa.org

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