Africa on the Ball, a Scottish non-profit organization, have launched their first fundraising campaign for the community of Kalingalinga in Zambia.
The organization will be raising funds to purchase a bus for the underprivileged community in Lusaka, the country’s capital. They’ll be aiming to raise $20,000 to buy a bus via the crowd sourcing platform Indiegogo.
The organization, founded in 2011, has created a development model/project centred around a semi-professional community owned club (called “Kalingalinga on the Ball”). The side are now competing in the 5th tier of Zambian football and have hopes to continue rising in the leagues following back to back promotions.
The bus will be used as a source of income for the community and operated as a business whilst also becoming the mode of transport for the Lusaka club’s away fixtures.
This particular sustainable fundraising project for the community will help drive income into community interest investments (such as health care and education) whilst also creating jobs for those running the project.
To date Africa on the Ball have created employment for four coaches for their club and helped sponsored members of their team to go back to finish their education. Those sponsored are asked to repay the sponsorship back through helping the community. This can include continuing the litter picking project or coaching as part of the organisation’s outreach programme.
Depending on the size of your donation to the campaign you will also receive perks from the organisation. A $50 donation will see you get regular newsletters, a Christmas Card and a letter of thanks from the organisation and team in Zambia.
For those will considerably deeper pockets can become ‘a friend’ of Africa on the Ball and get a shirt will various other perks included. Further details can be found at africaontheball.org.
Elena Sarra, Founding Trustee of Africa on the Ball, said “If we’re able to raise the funds for the bus it’ll make a massive difference to the community of Kalingalinga. Not only will the team be able to travel to away games much cheaper, but more importantly, the bus can be a huge source of income to the people of the community”.
Kelvin Chasauka, Africa on the Ball’s project manager in Zambia said “getting a bus would an amazing step forward for the people of this community. It would mean a lot to everyone associated with Kalingalinga and improve the lives of many people through the funds it could generate. It will also give us a great sense of ownership and empowerment”.
The campaign was created by marketing agency Maverick Digital who were put in touch with Africa on the Ball via Pimp My Cause.
To donate please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/