Nondies back Moses Begi through an initiative with his fellow rugby friends are seeking to raise funds that will be channelled to less privileged families in Mathare Slums to cushion them during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Begi is appealing to well-wishers to make of contributions via 0718 819 347 ahead of their planned visit which is set for July 11 2020. AbbeyWood Warehouse, Bryan Tichi, Steven Odhiambo, Levy Amunga, Nondies and BlakBlad players are part of the initiative and have pledged to support the kitty.
“We appeal to well-wishers to share whatever amount they can so that we will be able to put a smile to as many families as possible on 11th July 2020. Our targeted families will be in the area of Mathare slums. I would also like to thank the main pillars of this good deed led by Bryan Tichi, Steven Odhiambo, Levy Amunga, entire BlakBlad family and AbbeyWood Warehouse solutions who have pledged to help,” Begi told Scrummage.
“Right now everyone is going through a hard time. Some people may be in a position to pay rents despite the situation but how hard do you think life is for the underprivileged families? This is what has brought this initiative up. Some of the kids who come to watch our games by the sidelines or as ball boys are from these families. It would be great for them to see their sports heroes doing something for the community. It’s a habit of giving back to the society we need to start instilling to the next generation.”
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Begi and his former Blak Blad teammates have run the initiative to support the families since 2015. It started as a thanksgiving mission following their miraculous relegation survival in 2015. It is always done in three phases; on the Valentines weekend, after the Kenya Cup season and after the 7s Circuit.
“This initiative (to support less privileged) was started in 2015 with my fellow teammates at Blakblad. That year we had a rough stint and many thought we were going to be relegated but God saw us through. We beat Western Bulls 7-5 at the Bull ring and survived in a way we couldn’t explain.”
“When we came back to Nairobi we kept asking each other how God pulled out that for us and how can we repay? So we came up with an idea of doing contributions just as players and we went to a children’s home and celebrated with them. But then funds were not enough to feed everyone considering most of us were students so we created a Blakblad fans group and encouraged them to come and support us not only in the field but also in our drive to put smiles to as many underprivileged people as possible.”
With the University currently closed and students back to their homes, most of them won’t be able to contribute to the kitty as they have done before but Begi is confident that with the help of the well-wishers the initiative will be a success.
“This year has been a challenge for us considering the campus has been closed and students don’t have pocket money to help us do this but we believe with God we shall pull through.”
“Perhaps this will explain why most of us former Blakblad players still have a strong bond with the current team. This is unity that’s so hard to find out there and that also explains why the BlakBlad t-shirts are always written: “BlakBlad Family” and not RFC or any of that sort. As the current coach of Blakblad Bryan Tichi puts it, this are vessels of God. ”