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Team Liberia Returns to Heroes’ Welcome

first_imgThe gathering afternoon heat subsided as the Asky Aircraft touched down at the James Spriggs Payne Airfield carrying the nine-man Street Child Team Liberia last Thursday afternoon.The delegation: Daniel, Elijah, Fallah, Foday, Joseph, Leon, Saah, Soko, Zwannah, coach Samuel Burnette and program manager Michael John Bull.At last Thursday’s arrival, their parents were on hand to shower their gratitude and to welcome their heroes back home.In the slum township of West Point, where the majority of the team members reside, there was jubilation among friends and family members.At the tournament, wich was held Friday, March 28 through Thursday, April 10, 2014, the Liberians overcame teams such as Egypt and South Africa to reach the quarter-finals, but lost to Burundi.The Liberians also beat Team United States 3-1 in a friendly against the Americans.The children are part of a larger group picked from the streets by Street Child Liberia, a non-profit organization, with support from Street Child UK.Its volunteer workers spend time identifying talented children who spend most of their time in the streets.“These are children who live and survive as well as sleep on the street,” said Public Relations Officer, Tarsha Mathies Jackson.Street Child of Liberia eventually reunites the children in its program with their parents, pays their two-year school fees and afterward ensures their parents have sustainable incomes to keep their children at home.“The trip has provided the children a new perspective,” said Coach Samuel N. Burnette, lll, “they are now back home as ‘ambassadors’ to carry out the message.”Program Manager Michael John Bull told journalists, “The tournament provided them the platform to address their issues and to encourage the government to attend to their needs.”Parents expressed their gratitude to Street Child Liberia, and promised to ensure that their children stay off the street.Street Child Liberia team-member Fallah said, “The experience in Brazil is great and I was glad to be there and to come back home to carry the message.”Teams from 19 countries participated, including the boys’ and girls’ teams from Brazil, who won the championship. Zimbabwe, India, Mozambique, Nicaragua, England, El Salvador and South Africa. Liberia, Egypt, Burundi, Pakistan, Mauritius and several others were represented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgON a weekend when athletics were recognised at the highest level in Donegal with the Freedom of the county given to Patsy McGonagle, athletes from the Donegal delivered a sackful of medals.The Ulster Senior and Ulster Underage Track and Field championships were held at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.Finn Valley’s Dempsey McGuigan did Patsy proud in the senior championships in the hammer. Lifford AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn came home with two medals – gold in the 800m and silver in the 1,500m.Letterkenny AC’s Dan Mooney took gold in the men’s 1,500mMcGuigan also set a new Donegal record of 62.85m at the championship and then went to Bedford in England on Sunday and beat it again – with a throw of 63.58 metres.The gold medal winners at the underage championship which were held on Sunday also in Belfast, at the Mary Peter’s Track were – John Kelly, Finn Valley AC (shot); Blainaid Patton, Lifford AC (triple jump) Caoimhe Byrne, Sliabh League (pole vault); Jade Leeper, Finn Valley (discuss and shot); Fergus Cox, Inishowen AC (javelin); Karen Gallagher, Lifford AC (300m hurdles); Ian Brennan, Finn Valley AC (high jump and long jump); Aaron McGlynn, Finn Valley AC (1500m); Sean O’Brien, Letterkenny AC (U-17, 100 m); Noah Sannai, Letterkenny AC (U-16, 100m); Ciara Herron, Tir Chonaill AC (shot); Sarah Conroy, Sliabh League AC (triple and high jump); Jack McGeehan, Finn Valley AC (triple jump). Nicole Cuskelly, Lifford AC was also a gold medal winner.  GOLDEN WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES was last modified: June 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOLDEN WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL ATHLETESlast_img read more