KICK24 soccer helps raise awareness against gangsterism and crime
In June 2016, The Message Trust and Sports Chaplaincy South Africa (SCZA) teamed-up to host the first ever KICK24 soccer event at Ajax Ikamva Grounds. The aim of this event was to raise awareness against gangsterism and crime in our communities and for these two charities, both of which are actively involved in the upliftment of young people in the toughest communities.
This year, KICK24 will be running again at Ajax at the Ikamva Grounds, on the 23rd June from 5 - 10 pm. .
"This is a continuation from last year’s event, which was highly successful. We saw the likes of Carl Wastie, Chad Saaiman and scores of pro-players take on amateur players."— Mark Slessenger
The format this year will be slightly different, providing the opportunity for four teams to play our KICK24 team of soccer professionals and celebrities, including Nathan Paulse (Ajax), Cole Alexander (SuperSport United) and Eleazar Rodgers (Wits University).
Each game will be 50 minutes long (two 25 minute halves), with teams paying a fee – all proceeds will go to The Message Trust and SCZA.
On the night, there will be mini competitions, a raffle and entertainment so fans can come and see the KICK24 team in action and have a great evening out! There will also be a number of sponsorship opportunities, so corporates can support our cause to see crime and gangsterism kicked out of our society.
Message Trust South Africa Summary
The Message Trust was established in February 2014, and exists to raise up generations of Urban Heroes. We believe that young people who were once the problem can now become the solution – a transformation embodied in the phrase “Urban Heroes”. We have a passion to reach young people seemingly trapped by the cycle of poverty, unemployment, gangsterism and crime that negatively impacts communities across the city. We want to see each young person who we work with grow and achieve heights they never thought they could attain. The Message Trust raises up these Urban Heroes through its four strategic programmes in prisons, enterprise, community transformation and the creative arts.
Sports Chaplaincy South Africa (SCZA) exists to serve South Africa’s sporting community by providing comprehensive care and mentoring. We aim to achieve this by identifying, training, appointing and guiding dedicated chaplains to serve the sporting community at all levels across South Africa. We believe that together we can make a difference in troubled teens’ lives, and your support would significantly assist in this important endeavour.