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Tottenham Hotspur charity partnership in Rustenburg, South Africa

Spurs charity partnership in South Africa
Spurs charity partnership in South Africa

SOS Children’s partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club at Rustenburg, South Africa is inspiring future football players at the SOS Children's Village Rustenburg.

Daniel Ipeleng, a child from the Tottenham Hotspur House in the SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg, South Africa, had a pitchside view of the opening match in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Johannesburg.

Daniel, 16, was a ball boy for South Africa's game against Iraq at the Ellis Park Stadium on Sunday 14 June 2009.

The tournament - seen as a dress rehearsal for next summer's South Africa World Cup - is contested by the winners of the six FIFA confederation championships (UEFA is represented by Spain), the World Cup winners (Italy) and the hosts.

Two boys from SOS Children's Village Rustenburg and two from SOS Children's Village Port Elizabeth were chosen for the task in front of almost 50,000 fans as the match finished goalless.

On his selection, Daniel said: "I feel privileged and blessed to be offered this golden opportunity, which makes me feel like a celebrity.”

"I'll be meeting people from the international arena that I only know from television. Learning new things about football and meeting new people is going to be an important experience in my life."

The Tottenham Hotspur House, which is uniquely and completely funded by monies received from Spurs players' fines, aims to provide orphaned children in South Africa with a family that they can call their own.

SOS Children has been working in South Africa since and has over unique children’s villages. The SOS Children’s Village at Rustenburg in the of the country was funded as part of the FIFA 2006 World Cup Campaign.

The SOS Children's Village Rustenburg is situated in a suburb called Tlhabane West, a particularly needy area of Rustenburg, which forms part of the North West province that has a high number of orphaned and vulnerable children. The village comprises ten houses constructed within the existing community. The community-integrated homes offer the children a sense of being part of a wider community and provide a conductive environment for mixing and playing with local children.

The children’s village at Rustenburg also runs community programmes to help provide practical support to more than 500 children affected by HIV/AIDS and their families.

You can support children at Rustenburg by considering child sponsorship.