Olympic Swimming Champions and England Football Manager help launch Zambia5050 fundraising campaign
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Last week The Wallace Group held a media launch for their #Zambia5050 fundraising appeal, with Olympic stars Adam Peaty, Mel Marshall and Rebecca Adlington and England Football manager Gareth Southgate taking part in a netball shoot out at Loughborough University.
Marshall, who is a patron for the Perfect Day Foundation, the charity that supports the initiative, will lead a group heading to Zambia in August with the aim of raising £50,000 for 50 hours of sport. With the support of Peaty and his fellow athletes the team will undertake 10 hours of sport per day for five days at five different locations in Lusaka and the surrounding communities. They will be joined by 100's of young Zambians from four of the most deprived communities in Lusaka, where poverty, HIV, domestic and gender based violence, teenage pregnancy and homelessness are rife.
Netball, one of the five chosen sports alongside basketball, football, triathlon and volleyball, was chosen to raise awareness of the campaign, with Loughborough Lightning’s international shooters Peace Proscovia and Vanessa Walker putting the four celebrities through their paces.
The support didn’t stop there though as British Triathlon and England Netball CEO’s Jack Buckner and Jo Adams joined in the shoot off. Both governing bodies, alongside British Basketball, British Swimming and Volleyball England are supporting the campaign alongside the seven Wallace Group Universities: Bath, Cardiff Met, Durham, Loughborough, Northumbria, St Andrews and Stirling.
This will be the 12th year of the 'Volunteer Zambia' project, which sends out dozens of students from the seven universities each year to deliver coaching, build new sports facilities and undertake sports development capacity building programmes across Zambia.
Of the Wallace Group’s mission in Zambia, University of St Andrews Director of Sport and Wallace Group Project Lead Stephen Stewart said:
''Zambia is a country with major challenges. The Wallace Group was set up in 2006 to support the work of Sport in Action and its partners who are making a significant contribution to the long term, sustainable development of young people in Zambia. We hope to empower individuals and communities and enrich the lives of young Zambians through the power of sport, leadership and education. At the same time our students are given the opportunity to add value to their University education, enhance their global awareness, develop their leadership skills and improve their teaching abilities. We are delighted that Mel, who was introduced to the Wallace Group by the University of St Andrews, is still actively involved and helping to sustain the work we are doing in collaboration with Sport in Action and The Perfect Day Foundation.”
Mel Marshall, Olympic gold medal winning coach and Perfect Day patron added:
“On my previous visits to Zambia I have seen how valuable sport can be in enhancing the quality of life of young people who have next to nothing. I promised myself I would return every Olympic cycle and try to raise money to give them a chance to enjoy sport and learn valuable life skills. Every donation makes such a big difference to the lives of these young people.”
Of the initiative England manager Gareth Southgate said:
“We take for granted opportunities to play sport and the facilities we have in this country. Even facilities that we wouldn’t deem as good in the UK would be outstanding in countries like Zambia, so it’s important we do something about that. For the guys to go out there and inspire people to take up sport and maybe enable them to go to the next level, with some good coaching thrown in, is really exciting.”
“I’m not the biggest netball fan but as soon as I got playing I realised it was actually really fun! Hopefully today was the start of raising a lot of money to allow children to get involved in sport and be educated through sport. Hopefully then future generations in Zambia will all take up a sport and maybe some of them can even pursue it as a serious career.
Four years ago we went out there and took on a 500km bike ride in 42 degrees. Some of the money we raised has helped build a sports facility and we will be starting our five day challenge this year from there, which is really exciting.”
England Netball CEO Joanna Adams also commented:
''I visited Zambia last summer and immediately fell in love with the place. Netball is growing rapidly in Zambia because it can be played anywhere and is relatively easy to organise. The young girls have so much talent. England Netball are fully committed to helping Zambian netball succeed and we are trying to help them qualify for the World Cup in Liverpool in two years’ time.''
British Triathlon CEO Jack Buckner added:
''This is such a worthy cause. It's an inspirational program and the money raised will make a real difference to the quality of many young people’s lives. I am delighted the swimmers will also be promoting and taking part in my sport whilst out there. I am very happy to lend British Triathlons support to this appeal.”
To donate to this fantastic cause either text MELZ17 £10 to 70070 or head to www.theperfectdayfoundation.org
Notes to Editors
The Wallace Group is a partnership created in 2006 by seven of the UK’s leading Universities for sport: Bath, Cardiff Metropolitan, Durham, Loughborough, Northumbria, St Andrews and Stirling.
Aimed at supporting sports development for young people in Zambia it has worked alongside UK Sport, the charities International Inspirations and the Perfect Day Foundation for the past 12 years.
For this appeal it’s also working with England Netball, British Basketball, Volleyball England, British Triathlon and British Swimming. All monies raised will go to support the work of Sport in Action (SIA) a Zambian NGO responsible for growing opportunities for young people to enjoy sport in Zambia and a principal partner of the Wallace Group in Zambia.
The Perfect Day Foundation whose trustees are all alumni of the Wallace Group universities provides on-going financial support to SIA including the funding of sport programmes, scholarships, education bursaries and food programmes.
The Wallace Group shares a commitment to the establishment and sustainable practices of International Development. The focus for the group is Zambia; working with Sport in Action to help deliver development programmes to over 160,000 children each week. They also work closely with the Zambian government, and other sport stakeholders to support the delivery of Zambia’s strategy for sport.
The money raised from the challenge will go directly to sustainable causes, making a real difference to the lives of young Zambians. The Wallace Group and the Perfect Day Foundation continue to support deprived areas of Lusaka, covering communities where acute poverty, HIV, homelessness, teenage pregnancy, domestic and gender based violence are all a significant problems.
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