“Daniel Stone and his team arrived in South Africa on the 20th of August 2012 with one sole objective in mind, to eradicate poverty in Africa once and for all. So much has been said about poverty and corruption in the African continent but nothing has ever been solved…the 20th of August 2012 would mark the beginning of the end.”
This is a narration of a dream I often have. Do you ever have those nights when you struggle to sleep, rolling around in bed and finding yourself trying to “dream” yourself to sleep? You imagine something that you want to happen and you make into a story, into a “dream”….this is one of mine.
It all started in my days back at Lancaster University. One morning, I woke up and the first thing that sprung to mind was what I had dreamt that night. In my dream, I was in Africa, playing with children, teaching them cockney slang. All I could remember were the children constantly laughing.
That morning, I did my usual routine, shower, breakfast, chitchat with the guys in the kitchen and off to a lecture. I did my routine walk from my residence hall to my lecture room, walking along what is called at Lancaster University as, the “spine”. That morning, to my amazement, with my dream still fresh in mind, as I was walking along the spine I came across a massive poster about donating money to an Non-Governmental-Organisation (NGO) who were trying to raise funds to help out children in Africa. As soon as I saw it I thought that it was is a sign, how could I have just dreamt about this and then come across this poster, this isn’t just a coincidence!
For the next two weeks, every time I walked past the same spot on the spine, I looked at the poster and remembered my dream. It also made me think. This poster must have been there for quite a while. How many times had I seen this poster before I had my dream? Subconsciously, maybe this influenced my dream? How about those TV ads we see about helping poor children and families in Africa, could this have influenced my dream? Answers I will never know.
What I do know is that on 5th of May, my dream will become a reality. I will be moving out to Cape Town, South Africa, for 3 months, working as a volunteer.
Thanks to a very close friend of mine, I came across the perfect project for me (being a football fanatic). The project consists of trying to get homeless children in Cape Town to join a football team which I will eventually be coaching. The team has to be able to compete with other established football teams in South Africa within their age range. The objective is to give these homeless children an opportunity to get into education and at the same time to give them some enjoyment through playing football. You can find more information on the programme I will be going on by visiting this site:
The programme has limited resources and therefore I would very much appreciate anybody who is willing to make any donations towards the programme. We would need to buy basic equipment like football kits, football boots, goalpost nets, footballs, cones, etc., resources that will allow us to give the children the opportunity to be competitive and above all, ensure they have the facilities available to make their experience truly enjoyable. How happy would a child in Africa be if he/she could play football wearing his/her favoutite football team shirt as well as a pair of football boots?
Any donations you wish to make can be done through PayPal.
I will be writing on this blog throughout my time in South Africa so if you are interested in following my experience make sure you stay tuned.