Unprofessional Foul


August 2, 2010

Appeal To UF Readers

Bet you all have this stuff lying around…

In two weeks from now, a group of 20 people from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York are heading to KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, to work at an orphanage.

While there, they will be constructing of 2 playgrounds, running a sports camp for the orphanage and surrounding village and also running a micro-finance business workshop for local entrepreneurs.

More on the orphanage:

Lily of the Valley is a non-profit faith-based organization that cares for AIDS infected and affected children. With facilities located at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epicenter in South Africa, Lily of the Valley also serves needy communities in KwaZulu Natal. LILY provides physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual care through counseling, medical attention and support to those who are sick. Their orphanage houses 120 children and teenagers, 80% of which have AIDS. The greater goal of Lily of the Valley is to inspire an ethical, income-generating community through projects which provide sustainable food, education, income generation and life skills.

The team

So where do you come in UF readers? Well, when asked what these kids needed, the reply was a simple one that YOU lot can relate to: “We need soccer jerseys, cleats and balls”.

So, here’s the deal—you have until Aug 12th to help (short notice, I know!) get these kids and teens kitted out. I’m sending a Cosmo’s jersey and some Nike Tiempos, so join me in donating.

Have a good rummage in that closet of yours, and get yourself off to the post office. I can’t imagine having to play footy bare-foot, or not having access to a ball—can you?

Send items here:

Redeemer Presbyterian Church Offices
ATTN: Brian Stanton
1359 Broadway – 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018

About the Author

Norfolk Ned
I like football. What else is there to say?


  1. ebullientfatalist

    When will the good church be visiting Portsmouth?
    But seriously, I’m going to do my darnedest to contribute.

  2. Outside Mid

    Ned–any idea on sizes? I’ve got some stuff, but am unsure if things like the jerseys are going to be too big for the kids.

  3. Norfolk Ned

    @Outside Mid — The stuff is for teens also, so I’m sure adult sizes are very welcome!

  4. Would it not be better to raise money and purchase equipment locally? There are plenty of places in South Africa to buy soccer equipment. That way you can help the kids and the local economy. Just donating used equipment will help the kids, but what impact does it have on local businesses trying to sell sporting equipment?

  5. Norfolk Ned

    Shawn, I believe the orphanage requested this equipment when asked what they needed.

  6. Outside Mid

    @ Ned: Thanks, that’s what I needed to know. Now I’ll probably go by a sports shop and pick up some extra footballs too.

  7. Norfolk Ned

    @Outside Mid — Awesome, sir!

  8. @Norfold Ned

    They asked for equipment, but that doesn’t mean they are asking for equipment to be donated and shipped. Would it not be possible to buy them equipment from an equipment store in their region?

  9. Ned

    @shawn. They are taking the items with them on the 14th. If you would like to donate money for items to be purchased in SA I’m sure this group would be delighted to help you.

  10. Hi Ned,

    I saw that the Lily of the Valley website has a method of donating cash.

    I think I may be coming across as a nitpicking jerk, which was not my intention, so I hope I didn’t offend anyone. I am currently working in Lesotho with a football-for-development programme targeting orphaned and vulnerable children, so I think that what you are doing is a great and the equipment will be very valuable.

    I just wanted to throw the idea out there for discussion as the practice of donating and shipping goods is not looked very highly upon in the development sector. I explain a little bit more on my blog http://shawn-bapala.blogspot.com/

  11. Norfolk Ned

    Hi Shawn, not at all, no one offended!

    I know one of the folks heading there and when she told me what they needed, I did this post.

  12. Outside Mid

    @ Ned: Read that blog of Shawn’s and it makes a bit of sense to donate instead so the equipment can be purchased there in the hope of supporting local business. So, I made a donation instead, in memory of B Dickus. Someone should let Mrs. Biggus Dickus know her husband’s memory will be honored in SA.

  13. South Africa Bound

    Hi all,
    I’m one of the team members going to this South African orphanage. Wanted to thank Ned and UF for getting the word out about the need for in-kind donations. Also, thanks to the readers who are donating or plan to do so. Shawn makes a good point about buying local goods. The hope was to get used goods that you planned to trash or donate anyway. Of course, any donations are greatly appreciated!
    I’ll definitely bring up Shawn’s point to the rest of the team so we can explore better ways to give back to the local community, including steps to build up the local economy. This is the church’s first trip to the orphanage — the beginning of what we hope will be a long-term relationship. We’ve been given this great opportunity to share our good fortune with the kids. Thank you for your support.

  14. Outside Mid

    @ SA Bound: You’re welcome. I just went through your site and had the donation specifically marked for athletic equipment, so maybe you guys could buy the stuff down there. Hey, saves you money on your carry-ons for the flight!

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