A digital customer experience manager from Bushey Heath is helping set up a project to support refugees.
Nikhil Kotak, 27, is working with Kicking Off Refugee to expand their work to the on-going humanitarian crisis and are planning its first trip to the Moria Refugee Camp in Lesbos, Greece.
This is the largest refugee camp in Greece, home to an estimated 10,000 people.
Nikhil will be flying to the camp in April with a group of around 10 other individuals, where they are looking to put on a football tournament and festival for around 500 kids (aged eight to 18) with the aim to make every child feel like a kid again.
During the tournament, they will look to provide every child with a health check by a team of doctors, food and aid.
Nikhil said: “We’ve been working hard to fundraise for the project whilst also thinking about the future in terms of how we can create sustainable funding as a small and new charity to lead on further projects within refugee camps across Europe.
“One of our recent initiatives was recently to partner up with fun jumper company ‘notjust’ who created the viral Gareth Southgate Christmas jumper. ‘notjust’ kindly donated some of their proceeds to support. Celebrities including Southgate, Chris Stark and Dua Lipa wore jumpers in support.”
Kicking Off currently run large scale sporting tournaments for thousands of children from various local villages and communities in Africa.
During the tournaments, they aim to provide great fun and entertainment, whilst providing kids with essential medical checks, food and aid.
The charity also focus on creating sustainable projects focused on reducing poverty, hunger, gender equality, education, clean water and general wellbeing.
Help Nikhil to provide aid to each child – they are currently looking to source; toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, underwear (ages eight to 18) and small games. A knitting network will also be set up to make hats and gloves for the children.
If you’re able to donate any of these items, contact Nikhil at firstname.lastname@example.org who can arrange collection.
To find more information, and to donate to the charity, visit kickingoff.org/refugee
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