WHEN IT ALL BE­GAN…

Indonesia Expat - - Busi­ness -

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)

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