The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund has donated £10,000 to a pair of footballing schemes in Africa.
By brighton1973, Apr 16 2014 07:08PM
The first - Team Thunder FC - is part of the Thunder Foundation and is based in Nairobi, Kenya, in the country’s second largest slum and will be given £5,000. It helps around 65 school children aged between nine and 16, attempting to keep local youngsters off the streets and away from drugs and alcohol, but receives no funding. Seagulls fan Matt Wilkin is currently volunteering with the team and contacted the REMF for help. The subsequent donation will pay for new equipment including goals, balls, shirt and first aid kit.
Earlier this month long-term REMF fundraiser Brett Mendoza returned from a visit to the team (pictured) having delivered a stash of REMF tops and donated football shirts - as well as joining in with some football sessions to see just how much of a difference the donation will make.
The second £5,000 is being sent to Zambia where life-long Albion fan Liz O-Brien is working with Chongwe College and two local football teams. The college is completely self-funding and helps train young Zambians to become Primary School teachers - something not easy without equipment. The cash will also help Ngoma Leopards FC and Nanzhila United continue their work with young children aged five an up.
The REMF’s raises funds throughout the year through golf days, sponsored runs and a quiz night – with the latest, held last month, raising £1,600.
Its main event is the annual challenge match between Brighton fans and supporters of the Seagulls rivals Crystal Palace. This year’s game takes place at Lewes FC’s Dripping Pan ground on Friday May 2 – with kick off 7.45pm.