Fundraising teen hopes to go to Rwanda to coach young footballersBy Jennie Slevin
February 27, 2013
A teenager has raised more than £3,000 to help fulfil his dream of coaching football to children in Rwanda.
As part of his fundraising effort, Lewis Foskett will walk around 40 miles visiting each Premier League football stadium in London.
Lewis, of Oak Avenue, Owlsmoor, said: “My dad’s coming with me and he supports West Ham so we’re hoping to finish off there as my team Newcastle are playing them that day.
“I’ve done lots of fundraising already. I did a quiz night which raised £700 and a £400 from a 24-hour table tennis game.”
The 18-year-old has also sold items signed by celebrities, including DVDs signed by Little Britain stars, Matt Lucas and David Walliams, and a London 2012 Olympic shirt signed by gold medallist runner Mo Farah.
He added: “I used to collect autographs as a hobby and went off it as I got older but realised how easy it was to get them. I messaged lots of management companies and got the items valued. I’ve probably raised about £500 from doing that.”
Lewis was first bit by the charity bug when he was a pupil at Sandhurst School, in Owlsmoor Road.
He said: “Since 2008 the school has been raising money for people affected by the Rwandan genocide and I went to Rwanda with them in February last year.”
The aspiring coach, who helps out with the fundraising at his old school, said: “I’m hoping to coach football in Ntarama, an orphan village.
“The children there just light up when they see the football equipment. Not many of them can afford to play, but I’ll be working for a group which teaches football for free.”
The college student is now waiting to hear about a job which will see him coaching football in England, while he continues to reach his of £6,000 target.
He said: “A lot of it will go towards accommodation and staying healthy while I’m out there, but I’ll also have to supply all my own equipment so the money will go towards that.
“I don’t have a job at the minute and my parents have been so supportive, but if I get a job I’ll be able to start paying bills and put my own money towards Rwanda.”
Lewis has organised an Easter crafts fair at Owlsmoor Community Hall, in Yeovil Road on Saturday, March 16.
For more information visit his Facebook page www.facebook.com/events/484634948261620.