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Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation Crystal Palace Bafana

Posted: 20 September 2013 Time: 2:59 pm

Crystal Palace midfielder and Bafana Bafana international Kagisho Dikgacoi has set up a charitable foundation to provide South African youngsters with opportunities for better life chances through education and sport. 

The Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation (KDF) will be unveiled at a gala dinner on October 26 at The Guoman Tower Hotel in London. The prestigious event will be hosted by award-winning comedian and TV host Loyiso Gola.

Using sport as its drawcard, the foundation aims to address social ills affecting young people, such as homelessness, and promote access to education, community building and social inclusion.

Its programmes are designed to raise physical fitness and personal confidence, and also equip young people with skills to engage in sustainable self-help projects.

“Our mission is to provide opportunities for young people below the age of 19 to participate in positive life experiences and to equip them with the tools to make better and more informed choices while empowering them to have a better future,” Lerato Molaba says.

“We will provide a platform where issues such as education, enterprise, health, fitness, self-esteem, and confidence are integrated into the frontline delivery of our programmes. The vision and values of the foundation are care, diversity, responsibility and transparency.”

The foundation will work in partnership with the private sector, local government authorities and non-profit organisations across South Africa and United Kingdom to ensure delivery of its objectives in the recipient communities.

“We also urge individuals to get involved and support this vision to help us develop sustainable projects and deliver on our promises to the youth and homeless children of South Africa,” Molaba adds.

The foundation will deliver its programmes through four interlinked sectors. The KDF Sports Programme will implement a football tournament where one outstanding young player will be chosen to go for trials in Europe.

The Work in the Community Programme will encourage communities and leaders to get involved in the programmes by engaging with the homeless and disadvantaged children through sport and assisting them to get their education.

A Scholarship Fund will provide school fees and upkeep for at least 10 under-privileged children, particularly homeless children who aspire to return to school and complete their education.

Lastly, the KDF Enterprise Fund will sponsor one sustainable entrepreneurial project annually. The programmes are envisaged to draw widespread participation among the youth, which will encourage social cohesion and dissuade them from engaging in criminal activities.

“We will also accept corporate donations where companies can choose to sponsor specific events in our calendar and their logos will be displayed on the KDF website,” Molaba says.

To get involved, please follow KDF on twitter @kdfoundation1 or by visiting the website www.kagishodikgacoi.org. For Corporate and Media enquiries please Conrad on +44 74 1111 0426

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