Crystal Palace’s Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is helping to give back to communities in South Africa and the United Kingdom by launching the Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation.
‘KG’, as he is affectionately known, is plying his trade in the English Premier League this season and is using his ever-growing fan base to benefit others.
According to a press release from the KDF, the goal of the foundation is to “use sport as its draw card. The foundation aims to address social ills affecting young people, such as homelessness, and promote access to education, community building and social inclusion. It’s programmes are designed to raise physical fitness and personal confidence and also equip young people with skills to engage in sustainable self-help projects.”
The foundation will be unveiled at a gala dinner to be held on October 26 at The Guoman Tower Hotel in London, with award-winning South African comedian Loyiso Gola hosting the event.
Lerato Molaba, who is heavily involved in the project, said, “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.”
The foundation will deliver it’s 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 ten 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.
To find out more about the foundation, or to get involved, follow KDF on Twitter: @kdfoundation1 or visit www.kagishodikgacoi.org.
By Joe Crann
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