I work with exceptional students and community leaders; Calgary Serves group members form strong bonds with their teammates and often stay in touch beyond their projects. I always enjoy hearing from our ‘Calgary Serves Alumni’ and two weeks ago, I received a message from an alumna from the Calgary Serves project from Reading Week 2010 (Mustard Seed). Brittany Vine, a student who has devoted a lot of energy to service work in Burkina Faso, contacted me about donating soccer balls from the One World Futbol Project. These are unique soccer balls designed for the developing world – they are much more durable than regular soccer balls and they don’t need a needle and pump to be inflated. This means, fewer donated soccer balls end up as trash, and that the community members who receive them, can enjoy them for a long time. Brittany is doing incredible work – you can read her blog here.
Brittany’s four One World Futbols will go to the Montero and Palito Elementary School along with discs (frisbees) from the Calgary Ultimate Association (CUA). The Calgary Serves team is still collecting donations to purchase a few basketballs or volleyballs. Donations can be made in person at the Centre for Community-Engaged Learning and the Women’s Resource Centre at the University of Calgary, room 318 in MacEwan Hall.
The group has also collected school supplies and dental floss, tooth brushes and tooth paste from a local dentist, a handful of second-hand laptops, and a cash donation for the Montero and Palito school collected by the staff at Thompsons Limited in Ontario. Thank you to everyone for your support for Chira Island!