Kenyan kids get a kick in sport

TWEED residents with old sports medallions that have not been engraved are being urged to donate them to a scheme encouraging Kenyan kids to into sport

The Murwillumbah Football Club and Tweed Shire Council are conducting a sports Medallion Muster to encourage young soccer players in Kenya.

The project is the latest sideline in a council program, officially known as the Kenyan Monitoring Program, helping a slum village in Kenya to clean up its water supply system.

Council staff working on the program have also taken to personally helping the impoverished community, en- couraging children to play soccer.

One couple has become the guardian of orphan and outstanding soccer player Samuel Mwangi, 14.

A council spokesperson said collected medallions would be sent to Kenya to be given out to the children who participate in soccer tournaments.

“The Kenya Mentoring Program uses the popularity of soccer among young people in Kenya as a platform to promote the program's message of promoting environmental health and safe water access,” the spokesperson said.

“There is a chronic lack of paid employment opportunity in the Kenyan youth community, so projects such as environmental clean-ups, recycling and river rehabilitation draw on young people's in- herent capacity for optimism and innovation.”

She said proceeds from the recycling had funded the creation of a small native plant nursery, with trees being used to revegetate waterways and provide shade.

Tweed residents with any old medallions that are not engraved and are no longer wanted can drop them in collection bins at council offices in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, the Murwillumbah Football Club in Mooball Street and Murwillumbah Sports World.

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