Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Football for Hope Centre Turns 1

On Sunday while Jamison and Talia continued to work hard at the HCT Tournament, the Football for Hope Centre turned 1, Graham enjoyed some time to himself in the intern house and the girls and I headed to Clifton's Beach without sunscreen. It was a Sunday full of reminders...

It was a reminder that there is always more testing that needs to be done and more people needed to do it. If  people are lining up to get tested and we test 922 at full capacity... There is a lot more to be done. Talia made a great point-- Because all of our tournament participants were male (as a side note: teams got 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 2 points if everyone on their team tested-- a pretty cool way of getting people test) the large majority of people tested over the weekend were male. The challenge now is to create events like this for females... Idea time people! Below are some more pictures from the event courtesy of Steven Burton (www.stevenburtonphotography.com)


It was a reminder that the FFHC has only been around for 1 year. We, especially those of us that weren't here when the Centre was first launched, often forget that it's only been a year since FFHC kicked off. While there is a lot more to be done, so much has been accomplished in that year. As a praise to all of the coaches working hard out there in the field, Jules Sara Margs and I spent Friday night in the kitchen baking up a storm. Cadbury chocolate buttercream frosting... Yum?!

Kudos to Jamison and Abigail for putting in all of the work on the following...Check out more about Khayelitsha's Football for Hope Centre, one year later at:

It was a reminder that it is okay to have some alone time every once in a while. Since coming to South Africa we have spent over 18 hours a day (often more) together. We spend so much time together that we often feel badly when we aren't spending time with each other. Every single day, we wake up together, eat together, go to work together, come home and work out together, relax together, dine together, and then head to bed together.

One can only think of The Real World:
"This is the true story... of eight strangers... picked to live in a house...work together and have their lives taped... to find out what happens... when people stop being polite... and start getting real...The Real World."

I have never spent some much time with 6 other people. That being said, I can't think of 6 other people that I would rather spend that much time with. My roommates have made this experience for me and I can't thank them enough for being as amazing as they are. I love you guys!


Finally, it was a reminder that sunscreen is absolutely necessary. While the day at Clifton's Beach was fantastic, forgetting sunscreen was a very, very dumb move. African Sun: 1, Charlotte: 0


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