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Chitabe Camp, which forms part of the Okavango Wilderness Safaris portfolio, has donated a football kit and balls all worth over P20 000 to Shorobe based football club, Wild Dogs who are the log leaders in the Nhabe second division league.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the club and Shorobe village recently, the team manager, Mmoloki Sarefo appreciated that the donation will go a long way in ensuring that that the club gets promoted to the first division next season.
He appreciated the company for the gesture, noting that the team has been facing challenges, among them lack of kits and balls.
Furthermore, Sarefo indicated that the donation will also motivate the team in general, especially the players to perform better in their next league games. He pleaded with the company to also rally behind the team during their match games saying that would also boost the players’ morale.
“We are grateful for this donation but we are still pleading with you to continue helping us in issues of transport, because at times we struggle to honor away games, as most of us in the team are unemployed to assist in that regard,” he said.
Handing over the donation, Chitabe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Helene Hamnan revealed that the companies involved in the donation will continue supporting the communities around them as well as helping the club in any way they can.
She indicated that they were compelled by love to invest in sports development and will continue supporting the team going forward.
“Sports is very important to all of us and we promise to continue supporting it because it helps keep young people busy and away from the streets and social ills that can ruin their future,” she said.
The Managing Director (MD) of Wilderness Safari, Joseph Matome emphasised that the company, together with its partners, pride themselves in three pillars – empowerment, education and protection.
Matome said through their partner, Chitabe Safari Camp, they found it fit to empower Wild Dogs club through the donation of kits and balls.
“We want to see the club getting promoted to the higher division and probably to the elite league (BFL). We are ready to assist wherever we can so that we can help improve your livelihoods going forward,” he said.
Matome has assured that they will continue to work with the Shorobe community as they believe they are their partners in sustainable development adding that they will not only focus on sports but will spread out to other needs and challenges in the community.