A heartwarming end to 2015: A year in review

By Mariah Wilson | December 28, 2015

We ended an exciting year for the club on a very high note. Students apart of the Me to We club at Strathmore High School (SHS) organized a Christmas party for children and supervisors alike to enjoy on Saturday, December 19th. A light dusting of snow fell as SHS students arrived in their big yellow school bus with goodies and presents – the spirit of the holidays could not be contained. Having been dismissed from school the day previous for winter break and with Christmas day less than a week away, there was an electric buzz of energy among the participants.

While the SHS students made hot chocolate and set up their stations, one last soccer match was played amongst our participants in the gymnasium. Their cries of delight and laughter were infectious for anyone who watched. The fun continued as our participants were rotated from a gingerbread decorating station to a “dance your socks off” station then to several others, with hot chocolate breaks and storytelling sessions interjected throughout. The big surprise came when Santa Clause made a visit from the North Pole to give each child a package filled with chocolate and winter gear. Soccer Without Boundaries would like to extend a huge thank you to the students of SHS who organized and ran this Christmas party, and we hope that in the coming years it becomes an annual event!

Looking back on 2015, we have some rather notable events to reflect on. During our soccer camp, we received many generous donations that allowed every child to take home a memorable t-shirt and water bottle. With over eighty participants ranging in age from four to eighteen, this was a huge feat. At the end of the summer, we received a donation of eight bikes from “friends of the organization” that wished to remain anonymous. This is a huge asset to our club during the warmer months to allow more children to have the means of getting not only to their Soccer Without Boundaries practices but to their other commitments as well.

In September,  Will Ferguson released his highly anticipated novel “Road Trip to Rwanda,” featuring his travels throughout Rwanda with our founder, Jean-Claude Munyezamu. Our year finished with a Christmas party enjoyed by all in attendance, and on Christmas Eve we received news that our organization is in the works of becoming a charity! We cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for Soccer Without Boundaries, as well as the opportunities for each and every one of our participants.

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