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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Craig Bellamy Foundation in Sierra Leone

The Craig Bellamy Foundation.
I first learned about the Craig Bellamy Foundation upon hearing a podcast with its founder at Beyond The Pitch. I wrote to the foundation's website and its CEO, Mr. Tim Kellow, was kind enough to respond. He told me about the great work of Mr. Bellamy and many other talented people in Sierra Leone. The recent history of this small West African country is a tragic one. Efforts by a well-know footballer such as Mr. Bellamy are important contributions as Sierra Leone rebuilds and recovers.
Recently, Mr. Tom Ellis, the Communications and Development Officer at the Foundation, contacted me. I would like to share his comments that tell us how we can help Mr. Bellamy's foundation achieve its goals to help the young children of Sierra Leone.

Liverpool's Welsh striker Craig Bellamy runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on March 3, 2012.
Craig Bellamy in action with the Liverpool Football Club in 2012.
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The Craig Bellamy Foundation was created in 2008 by Liverpool and Wales star footballer Craig Bellamy to offer underprivileged children in Sierra Leone the chance to reach their true potential through sport and education.
In 2007, Craig Bellamy visited a friend in the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Craig saw through the country’s desperate poverty and was moved by the country’s passion for football. He saw the potential for a project that could offer hope. Craig had an idea – to use football to inspire positive personal and social change among Sierra Leone’s children – and as a result set up CBF.
A registered charity, the Foundation runs a non-profit professional football academy and also a national youth league that uses football to tackle the country’s key development priorities – education, health, youth exclusion and gender inequality.
Our Academy nurtures the athletic, academic and personal development of the country's most promising sporting talent, securing them footballing and education placements oversees. Five year scholarships are awarded to children aged 11 to 13 following an extensive annual nationwide scouting process.
Interested in supporting the Foundation’s work in Sierra Leone? There are opportunities to sponsor one of the talented young students at the CBF Academy. Your support will make a significant contribution to a talented boy's education, as well as his personal and athletic development. Here's what you need to do:
Step 1 – Choose one of our 1st generation of recruits to sponsor
Decide which one of our 1st generation boys you want to help reach their true potential.
Step 2 – Select the level of sponsorship that best suits you
Please choose one of the four options below that most appeals to you:
£10 a month - You will receive a personal thank you message from your sponsored child and updates at the end of each term.
£20 a month - You will receive a personal thank you message from your sponsored child as well as updates on their progress each month.
£40 a month - You will receive a personal thank you message from your sponsored child as well as personalised monthly letters and messages with photos and video clips.
£100 a month - You will receive a personal thank you message from your sponsored child and personalised monthly letters and messages with photos and video clips...and a special message and signed football shirt from Craig as an extra thank you!
The equivalent amount in US Dollars or Euros is also welcomed from those outside the UK.
Step 3 – Confirm your sponsorship!
Send an email to sponsor@craigbellamyfoundation.org and tell us which boy you have chosen and which sponsorship level you have selected. Then confirm your sponsorship by making your first payment and we will arrange the rest!

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