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South East Football for Hope Centre

Sat, 2013-04-20 08:47

The Official opening yesterday was preceded by about two weeks of manic activity both on site (planting trees, painting chairs, clearing the last of the rubble and moving and painting containers) and off site (inviting ministers and funders, organizing catering and presents, transport, chairs, etc. etc.).

After all the hard work, I am delighted to say that it all went off well on the day. The lesson I take away from that is to never underestimate the power of SEDEYA – once again they planned and pulled off an amazing event. Time and again during the preparation stages I would be panicking about something only to realise that they had, in fact, already dealt with the issue.

All week the weather had been characteristically hot and sunny, but Friday morning saw sheet rain and chilly temperatures, just like at the opening of the Football for Hope Centre in Mokopane, South Africa. In fact, today is sunny again, which just goes to show that this weather was laid on especially for us. Which means, in Botswana, that our project is truly blessed and has a bright future ahead! Pula, Pula!

The program was a mixture of speeches (lots of those) and entertainment - poems, a play, traditional dancing, coaching clinics and HIV/Aids teaching in action on the new pitch, followed by the official cutting of the ribbons (one for the building and one for the outdoor cooking area), a tour of the facilities and lunch.

I really think that the guests enjoyed the event – though everyone at SEDEYA and I were far too exhausted and relieved at the end of it to be able to judge properly.

What remains is the satisfaction of seeing the building and the pitch in pretty much constant use – it does feel pretty amazing!

The next step is to face having to leave my beloved Botswana and all the amazing people I have met here. But I’ll deal with that next week. This weekend is all about celebrations.