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Caring for Kenya

23 December 2013

Royals to travel to Africa

A group representing the Royals are set to travel to Nairobi next year, to work on a fantastic community project in Southeast Africa.

Twenty two representatives from Reading Football Club will undertake the trip, christened 'Caring for Kenya', in partnership with African Adventures.

Our volunteers will undertake building work at a school in the area, whilst also coaching and teaching the local community - with the trip set to take place in September 2014.


Many of those volunteers already have inspirational stories of their own, having graduated through the club's community courses and schemes to become part time youth workers - turning their lives around after exclusion from school or leaving care. 

The project will be entirely self funded, with the group aiming to raise £32,000 for the trip over the next few months.

Congratulations to all participants who took part in the Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge on Sunday 2nd March 2014.

A special mention goes to all 19 runners (including Kingsley!) who completed the 13.1 mile run and the six children who got over the line in the Green Park Challenge - all in aid of Caring for Kenya. A group of 23 people representing the Royals in the Reading Half are set to travel to Kenya next year, to work on a fantastic community project in south-east Africa.

Our young Royals who took part in the two mile run in the morning were Ethan Sharpe, Jake Barclay, Bethany Reilly, Travis Absolom, Ryan Annets and Ben Hughes. The children will be invited to our home game with Derby County on Saturday 15th March, where they will be showcased at half time.

A lovely message was sent in from Jake Barclay’s family: "Well done to you all! What a fab day. You all did great and are an inspiration to the youngsters! Jake has loved his experience. Thanks so much for everything. Looking forward to see you at the Derby fixture."

This is just one of the fundraising events the club has been involved with, in order to raise funds.

Richard Witt, Social Inclusion Manager of the RFC Community Trust, for example is racking up over 128 miles up until September to raise funds, taking part in the following:
-  Green Park Challenge (2m) – 2nd March                                            
- Reading Half Marathon (13.1) – 2nd March
- Marlow Decathlon (7km run, 25 km bike, 7 km run) – 16th March          
- London to Brighton Bike Ride (64 miles) – 16th June
- Electric Run (2 miles dressed in Neon) - 26th April                      
- Steel Man Standard (Olympic) Individual Triathlon (1.5km Swim, 42.4km Bike, 10km Run)
…With more to follow!

Please donate by going to or text Read71 and the amount (£) to 70070.

For more information on African Adventures - click here.

Royals Social Inclusion Officer Richard Witt, who will form part of the group heading to Kenya, said: "This is a fantastic project and one that will give us a privileged opportunity to make a real difference. The places we will work in are low income areas where most people live off less than 60p per day and many families struggle to feed their children on a daily basis. Hopefully with some back from the Reading fans we can raise the money needed to go over there and build something sustainable."

Fans can contribute to the cause via the group's Just Giving page - here


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