Goal50 is a Guernsey charity supporting a raft of community-building activities in the townships of the Cape Flats. Reformed gangster, Mario Van Niekerk, set up a soccer academy in Heideveld back in 2001. His objective was to keep kids off the street and out of gangs. In townships where more than 80% of the population are unemployed and 80% have a drug habit, violence is a huge issue. Communities suffer. People get hurt.

Soccer is a universal language and countless thousands of youngsters have been through the academy, many have remained with Goal50 as they have moved into adulthood and the charity has grown. Sports now include basketball, boxing, rope-skipping and chess.

‘More than 100,000 meals will be served to communities in need’ says Ian. ‘But it doesn’t stop there. People are screened for skills with the possibility of employment or further education’.

The charity has funded the building of a safe house for children and a day-care centre and clinic is the next project. The charity now twins with several township schools. More than 20 years ago the government stripped these schools of all physical education and library facilities… the charity is, with the governments blessing, putting these back into schools.

The human resource to change townships is insatiable, the challenge for Goal50 is seeking additional financial resource to ensure change happens.

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