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We are three guys from the Isle of Wight that are flying to South Africa to work alongside other football fanatics as part of an organisation known as Lionsraw. South Africa 2010 is the debut Lionsraw Special Project. Lionsraw is taking a 130 strong squad of football fans to Durban, South Africa for two weeks during the World Cup. The Lionsraw team will operate in ‘The Valley of a Thousand Hills'', the epicentre of the World's HIV / AIDS crisis. Alongside existing local charities the team will help in ‘construction projects' and ‘soccer academies' for deprived local children during the day. Each evening the squad will retire to our fanzone for the full world cup tour experience.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Day Fourteen – final goodbyes from South Africa

Well done England! Another fine, professional, winning, performance. A star turn at the beginning and some dogged efficiency at the end to see the job through. It is wonderful to follow an England team that can win. A team that can take on the old, old enemy – where there is so much history, so much pressure, so much at stake – and finish the job off successfully – almost ruthlessly. Another great England victory. Well done the Barmy Army. Well done Andy Strauss.
It’s a real shame that the England football team couldn’t learn something from the England cricket team and beat Germany in the way that the cricketers beat Australia.
So, the Lionsraw team leaves South Africa tomorrow with an unbeaten record on the football pitch and having made new friends and improved the lives of many, many people. It’s possible we’ll be on the same flight as the footballers, but I know which end of the plane I’m prouder of.
Len, Steve and I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who helped to raise funds to send us on this trip. We feel hugely privileged to have been able to work in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, with some wonderful, wonderful people. Thank you to Ryde Elim Church, to Ryde Methodist Church and to AJ Wells, in particular for your fantastic support.
This is our last blog from South Africa. There will probably be just one more addition to this blog when we get back to the UK, to upload some great video clips which we weren’t able to upload from South Africa. Don’t forget to watch Match of the Day on July 7th when you’ll see a report about Lionsraw, including interviews with Jon Burns and Russell and Precious.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading about our exploits and if you feel inspired to get involved with Lionsraw, then please make contact via the official website at www.Lionsraw.org where you can sign up for Brazil in 2014 or make a donation.

“We’re moving on to Brazil, but not leaving South Africa.” Jon Burns, founder of Lionsraw


  1. Dear Guys all I can say is THANK YOU for your blog xxxxx


  2. I am so proud of you all. Nothing more to be said! thank you for all your hard work with the blog too. I am quite sure that after a hard days graft this was the last job you wanted to do. It's been amazing to follow you day by day. See I knew i was meant to be there too (the blog allow that)!!