Arsenal footballs will support teacher’s goal
A TEACHER is auctioning off some valuable football memorabilia to raise funds for a charity project in Africa.
Luke Dolby, 27, of Beaver Lane in Ashford, is hoping to raise £40,000 for the charity, Build A School, and in particular, for a new school to serve 250 children in the poverty-striken village of Mbelekete in Malawi.
With support from the likes of Ian Hislop and footballer Theo Walcott, and thanks to fund-raising events such as a recent quiz night, the charity has already collected more than £25,000.
In order to raise more, Mr Dolby is to auction off a football signed by the Arsenal team and another ball signed by Arsenal and England striker Theo Walcott.
He said: “The project is doing wonderfully well. We have benefited from some really big donations and with a couple more projects at Homewood School in Tenterden and Swadelands in Lenham where I teach, plus Gift Aid, we should be virtually there.”
Mr Dolby is aiming is complete the fund by July and open the school in August. He added: “It will change the children’s lives. There is nothing there and the impact this will have on their lives is going to be just wonderful.”
Anyone wishing to bid for the footballs should e-mail their contact details to Mr Dolby at firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for bids is noon on Friday, May 25.
Above, teacher Luke Dolby has teamed up with top footballer Theo Walcott, below, to get a school built