Football got new mates rolling
It was the international language of football that broke the ice between two new friends.
Central city resident Stephen Buckley travelled to Uganda to visit the 6-yearold boy he is sponsoring through TEAR Fund.
‘‘Seeing Ronald in the flesh was a moment I’ll never forget. Here was this little boy who’d been nothing but a picture and suddenly he was in front of me,’’ Buckley says.
‘‘For the first four hours he sort of just checked me out, he didn’t know what to think and was quite shy. After I visited his home and gave him a soccer ball he started warming up – by the end of the day we’d become good friends.’’
Ronald is being raised by his HIV-positive, cancerriddled grandmother.
Buckley began sponsoring him a few years ago with the intention of one day going to visit him.
As a sponsored child Ronald is able to go to school and have all of his schoolrelated costs paid for. He is given enough food to eat, medical attention and extra tuition.
Ronald’s grandmother was walking a long distance each day to fetch water so Buckley has decided to get a water tank installed for the family.
International language: Central city resident Stephen Buckley travelled to Uganda to meet 6-year-old Ronald, the child he sponsors through TEAR Fund.
Good friends: Ronald, left, attends school and has enough food thanks to Stephen’s support.