On Thursday, March 18th, Soccer 4 Hope participated in the launch of an extended South African – European partnership, sponsored by the German Youth Development through Football Project (YDF).
Soccer4Hope is generously funded by GTZ, and together we celebrated at the Rainbow Center in Gugulethu for the EU’s donation to the German Government Foundation. Guests arrived in the mid-afternoon to the turf field in Gugulethu and proceedings commenced with an opening by Master of Ceremony, Daniel Johnson – DCAS. Guests were then serenaded by a triumvirate of songs, the European Union Anthem, German National Anthem, and South African National Anthem. After the signing of the "Delegated Cooperation Agreement", our very own WeWe Sokoyi was asked to speak about the impact and effect that football has had on her life.
Notable guests from the afternoon ceremony included Director General of Europe Aid Co-operations Office – European Commission, Koos Richelle, the Minister of Sport & Recreation South Africa, Makhenkesi Stofile, MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Sakkie Jenner, and GTZ Country Director of South Africa, Peter Conze. 2010 FIFA World Cup Ambassador, Ms. Desiree Ellis then “kicked-off” an informal street-soccer match between players of Soccer4Hope. Covered by SABC TV and press, it was certainly a memorable afternoon and the S4H Team was honored to be a part of the global festivities!