A new lease on life is bringing smiles to dozens of underprivileged children in one of the poorest regions of Cambodia, and the kids are now shining in RED after a charitable chain of events led to the re-homing of surplus Nerang Soccer Club shirts and apparel.
We are told the ‘soccer-mad’ children from the village of Poipet (which sits along the border of Cambodia and Thailand) often play in bare feet, on a dirt field or with makeshift footballs, and they have now turned their village red with the colours of the Nerang Eagles.
The shirts have brought much excitement and joy to many of these children who otherwise have limited access to the things many of us sometimes take for granted.
The donation of the surplus shirts was made possible through the collective effort of the club’s committee and media team, members of the Newlife Church in Robina and the Church’s mission leader, Byron Davis.
Byron has undertaken several trips to the village, not only to bring donations of needed goods but to use his carpentry skills to help build the village a new school, complete with a new soccer pitch of course!
Newlife Robina provides assistance for the Bridge of Hope Newlife Church in Poipet, and Byron has been supporting the school and church for the past seven years.
We are told that local individual members of Newlife Robina directly support over sixty children living in the slums there, giving them opportunity to attend the school and support for other basic needs, helping them and their families who are living in the slums.
“The kids love their soccer, but providing team uniforms and equipment is always a struggle,” said Newlife Robina Church member and fellow missionary Elwyn Syers when the shirts were first sent.
Soccer is an extremely popular sport in the region and despite the sparsity of resources and widespread poverty, kids still line up with excited faces to play the game whenever, and wherever, and however they can.
Sadly, some of the major issues impacting the region around Poipet include drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering and gambling, and the effects of this sadly flow into the communities and impact the day to day lives of the villagers and children.
Nerang is proud to have joined with the Newlife Church in making sure that some of those who least have the means still get the opportunity to experience that very special feeling of being part of a soccer team and part of the game of soccer.
We wish the best for the kids in Poipet and we’re sure there’ll be some great football being played for many years to come thanks to Byron and his colleagues.