By Anita Rannoba
“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that” ÔÇô Bill Shankly.
For Jwaneng Galaxy, these words by Liverpool’s maverick boss bear more truths than some may perceive. Involvement in the community is part of the team’s core values, and recently they put words into action, working with several individuals and organisations in a bid to be the communities’ shoulder to lean on.
Following the team’s recent gathering where players were sensitised about their importance and responsibilities in the community, the team along with the executive committee took part in a sponsored walk held by Events Management Students at Limkokwing University.
At the said event which was organised to help former Botswana national team player Bolelang Malepa, whose leg was amputated following a car accident, Galaxy donated P2000. Speaking in an interview, Jwaneng Galaxy Secretary General Onkamile Robert, who represented the team at the event, noted that while the amount was not enough, it would however help Malepa achieve his dream of becoming a qualified coach.
Robert said having failed to pay the injured former marksman a visit during his troubled times, they saw it fit to accept an invitation from Limkokwing and extend a helping hand.
Aside from helping Malepa, Jwaneng Galaxy also extended a helping hand to the Adundance City International Church which is raising funds for Charity.
According to Jwaneng Galaxy Public Relations Officer (PRO) Tankiso Morake, the team is said to have attended a gala dinner organized by the church to raise funds for charity and donated a sum of P2 300 towards the cause. They also went further and paid for a table for 10 for the team’s supporters committee to attend the event.
“This season we are in for a change not only in football but the community at large,” Morake said.
Morake also said that this would not be the last of their engagement with communities around them, saying they are targeting villages around Jwaneng and very soon they will be in Mabutsane, Khakhea and Sekoma to share with them the little they have as a team.