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Fans visit orphanage on SA tour

Posted on 25 July 2011  - 12:00

Spurs fans Terence Gash, Mark Rose and Christopher Cheek visited Betties Haven Orphanage in Nelspruit as they followed the team on our tour of South Africa.

Spurs fans Terence Gash, Mark Rose and Christopher Cheek visited Betties Haven Orphanage in Nelspruit as they followed the team on our tour of South Africa.

Aware of our official charity partnership with SOS Children, the trio informed us of their planned visit and the Club arranged with them to get a football for the children.

Terry, Mark (pictured far left) and Chris (pictured far right) also took some much welcomed chocolates and spent an afternoon playing football and other games with the children. The orphanage houses a total of 28 children ranging from ages 1-20.

"Our accommodation in Nelspruit had a link with the orphanage," explained Terence. "There was a notice asking people to spend some time with the children so we thought we would go along.”

“The children were amazed and very happy when we told them that a big football club from England had bought them a football," said Chris. "They immediately took the ball and brought us over to a football field on the other side of the road for a kick about."

"It was noticeable how grown-up the children were," said Mark. "One girl spoke fluent Zulu and English and was only two years old. They certainly enjoyed themselves though and I believe it was an afternoon that will stay with us for a long time too."

"There was one paraplegic child (pictured front right, next to Chris) who could hardly walk," added Terry. "He was unable to move his arms or make facial expressions. Chris and Mark spent 20 minutes walking him over to the football field. He couldn't play a part but we put him in the middle of the field. At one point the ball hit him in the head and his eyes lit up as he tried to smile because he realised he was part of the game. It was a touching moment."