Humanitarianism Crane’s Appeal donates sport kits to Torgorme JHS

The donation was made in the spirit of St Valentine’s Day, a day meant for people of the world to show love to one another.

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Crane’s Appeal, a non-profit initiative, has donated sports kits to pupils of the Torgorme District Assembly Junior High School.

The donation was made in the spirit of St Valentine’s Day, a day meant for people of the world to show love to one another.

IMG-20170216-WA0001 - Copy.jpg play The kits were donated with the help of UK charity, Kit Aid

Torgome is a fishing community near the Akuse Dam in the Eastern Region with many families deepening on the Volta River for their livelihood.

According to the founder of Crane’s Appeal, Kwame Anane Crane, the initiative was achieved with the help of a UK charity.

“We had support from a UK charity called Kit Aid, a charity that takes sport equipment from football clubs in the UK and they donate to people around the world. So they sent us some equipment to give to the school. And in the school, a lot more girls play football than the boys.

So we gave a set of football kits to the girls team in the junior high school department and we gave a set as well to the boys team; which they really welcomed. The last football game they played, they had to go and buy white shirts and write their names and numbers behind them and so Kit Aid was very useful.”

The equipment included jerseys, socks and gloves.

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The Crane’s Appeal team also used the opportunity to give a talk to the pupils about their future. The team made up career executives answered questions about future job prospects and opportunities after school to enter the world of work.

IMG-20170216-WA0005.jpg play The Crane's Appeal team

“When we asked the average kid in the classes, 'what do you want to do when you grow up?', they all give you the classics; the nurses, the doctors, the police officers, the teachers, but we realised that there was not a lot of thinking behind what they say they wanted to do. For most of them, they don’t even know what their general interests were; so our job in this mentoring project was to explore what individually they liked and then guide them and explain the many options there are,” says Kwame Anane Crane.

He described the Valentine’s Day outreach to the school as very fruitful and would hopefully leave a lasting legacy in Torgorme.

“So in one way, you had the outreach programme; which aimed at developing their minds, advising them and supporting them and in the other way we have the case of leaving something behind with the sports teams, the community and the school as a whole so that they can actively take part in sports.”

In May 2015, Kwame completed 200 kilometre run from Aflao to Accra to raise awareness about burns and educate people along the way about fire safety.

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