Boots give sprig of hope to kids
By DARREN COYNE
IN a country crippled by poverty, soccer offers Kenyan children an escape.
They play barefoot in the streets of the capital Nairobi for hours, and dream of one day playing for the big leagues - and with the help of Murwillumbah residents they might.
A contingent of 35 residents taking part in an organised tour of Kenya will be dropping off something sorely needed - a bag of second-hand soccer boots, donated by members of Murwillumbah soccer clubs.
The shipment of boots has been organised by John Foster of Travel- scene Tweed Valley, with the Kenyan tour led by John and Jan Norris.
Mr Norris yesterday said while the boots were "a drop in the ocean", they showed that people in Australia were thinking about their Kenyan counterparts.
His group also will be delivering a memorandum of understanding between Tweed Shire Council and the Kenyan arm of the Tweed Mentoring Program.
The program aims to improve living standards through improvement of water quality in two pilot areas and create links between Tweed and Kenyan community groups, sporting and service clubs.