Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Duchess of Cambridge's old school and sport

The University of St Andrews in Scotland is more well known these days for being the back-drop to a right royal romance. You may have seen the wedding photos. But it's also home to the Umutima 2015 International Development Youth Summit which takes place next week.

One of the partners in this is Friend of Edusport, a British charity who see sport and education as ways to combat poverty. The spiel on their site says that in much nicer language and also that they "advocate for female empowerment towards more equal and equitable societies."

Of course to do that, you need money. They appear to fundraise through a mixture of  inspiring sports women (and 1 lonely man!) as ambassadors, and running events around the UK,  New Zealand, America and Norway. All for their work in Lusaka, capital of Zambia.Some of those projects are giving sport or education support to children with HIV/ AIDS, and delivering 17,000 books (so far) to school and community libraries.

It's easy to be skeptical of small charities - especially when you read the Three Cups of Tea story as re-told by CBS - but in this case, when people are genuine and determined to make that difference, it reminds you that charity doesn't always have to be on a large scale.

Do you know of any other sports charities? 

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