Next month David Mckeown, who coaches mini rugby at Naas RFC, will travel to Tanzania for 10 days with Irish charity, ‘Playing for Life’, to work at a community centre near the town of Arusha.
The main aim of the ‘Playing for Life’ charity is to provide training and to raise health awareness in deprived communities.
They provide training in English, basic business skills, IT and even jam-making to assist the local community in becoming self sufficient in the long term.
They also get kids involved in the fun of sport and music, and bring in a serious message about health, particularly AIDS awareness.
David’s job will be to coach rugby and work on the health awareness side. This is the first time anyone has brought rugby into the community in Arusha.
David hopes to raise €;5,500 for the charity, and many members of Naas Rugby Club have already made kind donations to support this iniative.
He is also hoping to contact the Tanzanian Rugby Union to see if he can link up with some of their international squad. The Tanzanian chairman seems to double as their tighthead prop – a man after David’s own heart!
If anyone feels able to make a donation, however small, they can do so by visiting David’s personal fundraising page here.
Many thanks to all who have already helped, and thanks in advance to anyone who donates in the coming weeks.
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