The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr Ahmad Ahmad, and the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, have both endorsed the Boot for Charity campaign.
Boot for Charity is an initiative by two brothers, Kwabena and Ekow Enti, students of Ghana International School (GIS).
This initiative is designed to collect and donate used football boots, shin pads and trainers to the less privileged in society.
Dr Ahmad, who visited the brothers in school, congratulated and encouraged them since this initiative formed part of the CAF’s Football Grassroots Development programme.
Dr Ahmad and Mr Nyantakyi were accompanied by CAF Executive Committee members and members of the GFA
The Vice Principal of GIS, Ms Bruce-Muller, welcomed the visitors and briefed the CAF officials on the “Boots for Charity” project and how well it fit into one of the school’s strategic plan.
Dr Ahmad and Mr Nyantakyi took turns to advise the students on the importance of education and the role it plays in the modern game of football locally, on the African continent and the world at large. They also interacted with the two brothers on their “Boots for Charity” drive.
Recounting the campaign story, their mother, Mrs Naa Enti, who was also present on the day, took the opportunity to shed more light on how it all started.
She mentioned that last year, the brothers played football with a local football club in La, (Ascona FC). They noticed that some of the children of the club, whose ages ranged between eight and 17, did not have proper football boots. Some played barefooted or shared their boots. The boots they shared were also not in good shape. Touched by the plight of their team mates, the brothers decided to donate their boots to the club. Their initial gesture encouraged them to do more.
With the support of their parents, Mr and Mrs Enti, they shared the information with friends and family and managed to gather a little over 100 boots by the end of last academic year. They also appealed to students of GIS who readily joined them.
On the 1st of June 2017, during the GIS Junior School Assembly, the brothers made the first donation of a hundred (100) boots to three local football clubs; La Ascona FC, Dynamic FC and Phoenix FC.
Dr Ahmad Ahmad noted that this philanthropic gesture was very laudable and therefore offered his full support to them.
The CAF President, who was in Ghana on a four-day working visit presented them with CAF souvenirs, footballs and promised to sponsor a trip for the two brothers to the head office of CAF in Cairo, Egypt, to familiarise themselves with the activities of the Federation.