Bradford’s sporting boost for street kids

January 28, 2013 Uncategorized

A GROUP of poverty-stricken street children in Kenya are now proudly kitted out in proper soccer strips and have new school uniforms thanks to the generosity of Bradford staff.

When Team Manager Susan Isley’s daughter Helen asked for help raising money for the charity she worked with, everyone on Susan’s Day Shift rallied round, resulting in almost £500 worth of aid in money, clothing and equipment.

“I’ve been so touched by the generosity of my work colleagues who have been wonderful. It’s lovely to see how people are prepared to donate to such a good cause,” says Susan, who has travelled out to Kenya three times with donations.

“It is heartbreaking to see the hard lives these children have. They have nothing and yet two former slum boys, Anthony and Newton, are now leading this organisation Life Skills Oasis, which aims to improve these children’s lives,” Helen says.

On her latest visit Susan took 15 football strips, footballs and other equipment, all provided by donations from her colleagues. In the past she has taken school uniforms and equipment. The charity was founded seven years ago to help children from the Kiandutu Slum in Kenya’s Thika, and Helen Isley has spent months working with the group. She now aims to return as a teacher following her teacher training course.

“I’d like to give a huge thanks to the team at iPSL Bradford for their overwhelming support for the group, which helps children go to school by raising money for school uniforms and equipment and provides lessons in HIV and AIDs awareness, hygiene and self esteem,” she says.

“Thanks to all of you, the football teams are now able to meet and play regularly in tournaments. Leisure time like this is a welcome break from the children’s otherwise difficult lifestyles and playing as a team instills them with a sense of pride, determination and motivation.”