WHEN IT ALL BEGAN…
The success of what has developed into a portfolio of programmes was due to multiple partnerships with members, schools, clubs and volunteers already active in sport with kids. But most importantly to the selfless devotion and enthusiasm of no less than 11 sporting legends – from football, rugby, cricket and hockey (regionally) - who gave their time and skills willingly by coming out to Indonesia to work with and inspire children to follow sporting endeavours.
More than 4500 disadvantaged children were given opportunities to partake in organized sporting activities in the fields of football, hockey, rugby and cricket. Each event has included coaching clinics and personal development workshops in more than 200 schools and is likely to have provided a milestone in each child’s life.
The GKSC portfolio has grown and sustained because of the generous support of sponsors from the Indonesian business community and their efforts are highly appreciated. Our members’ attendance at six Sports Galas and nine (soon to be TEN) Christmas Parties have been the cornerstone of fundraising through auctions of memorabilia, raffles and sometimes just silly games!
It is hoped that with everyone’s continued assistance, the portfolio can expand beyond Jakarta and be able to go on to new heights and touch the lives of many more children who simply don’t ordinarily have access to organised sport.
I am now retired in Malacca and regret not being able to join the 10th Anniversary celebration on December 14. I suggest you try to get your hands on a ticket. You won’t just be joining a great BritCham event, you’ll be joining the great Giving Kids A Sporting Chance movement!
My best wishes to all my former colleagues and friends in Indonesia and to the International Expat readers.
Brian Watters and Chris Wren (2008)