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Weʼre raising £1,500 to Help fund new sports equipment for the deprived and underprivileged children and young people in the local community of Cartago, Colombia.

Cartago - Valle del Cauca, Colombia
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Thank you for taking the time to visit my Justgiving page.

Historia en Español después de la versión en Inglés :-)

During my life I have had the privilege of experiencing what the beautiful country Colombia has to offer.

Since my parents emigrated to Colombia back in 2006, I have been lucky enough to travel on a few occasions for family events and I am saddened to say most recently the passing of my dad in 2016. Losing my dad has affected me and the family immensely, we all deal with grief in different ways and after a trip to Colombia in 2017 I decided to fundraise for a local football academy for deprived and underprivileged children and young people in the local community of Cartago, Colombia where my family and my mum still live. Whilst there I helped deliver some donated football kits and training equipment as well as sportswear and footwear with the generosity of Pro Touch SA CIC staff and parents. An established sports academy, with an elite football programme, internationally known, which my son attends. With the help of a wonderful lady called Luz Aidee I was able to take the donated kits to a local Football Club in Cartago in much need of resources. The coaches, players and parents welcomed my mum and myself with open arms, they were extremely grateful for the donations and couldn't thank us enough. They invited my mum and me to stay and watch one of their training sessions and I was amazed to see the enormous passion and desire the children and young people showed for the game. One boy in particular caught my eye, he had a fantastic ability to play the game, and did this effortlessly playing on a dirt pitch without shin pads and flip flops on his feet. He had a massive smile on his face when I handed him the kit and gave me an unexpected hug - This memory I will never forget.

After experiencing first hand the major lack of resources available to these deprived and underprivileged children and young people, I said to myself there and then I wanted to help in whatever way possible.

All funds raised go directly on buying various much needed sports equipment and resources, new footballs, training bibs, training cones, goals with nets, shin pads, football socks, football trainers, sports equipment to carry resources, training boards, the list is endless.

I have already planned to travel to Cartago Colombia in the summer of 2019, I will purchase all equipment and resources (trade prices through PTSA approved suppliers) needed and deliver them to Club Boca Junior Cartago. I will post pictures and videos of my journey from the training I am currently undertaking, the race itself, the journey to Colombia in 2019, purchasing the much needed equipment and most importantly the safe delivery to the football club. With your kindness and generosity together we can ensure these deprived and underprivileged children and young people will have a helping hand in their future and continued passion for the game.

Completing the half marathon for me is both a huge physical and mental challenge, in the past I have completed one 5k run, that's as far as my running ability goes...until the 4th March 2018 . WITH YOUR HELP we will be making a massive difference in the lives of underprivileged children, helping them further their development and progress within a sport they truely love.

I am eager to see the teams development upon my return".

En Español ...

Gracias por tomar el tiempo para visitar mi página de Justgiving.

Durante mi vida, he tenido el privilegio de conocer el hermoso país de Colombia y todas las cosas bonitas que tiene.

Desde que mis padres emigraron a Colombia en el 2006, he tenido la suerte de viajar en varias ocasiones para encuentros familiares pero la mas reciente visita fue a causa del fallecimiento de mi papá . La pérdida de mi papá me ha afectado a mí y a mi familia inménsamente. Todos manejamos estas tristezas de forma diferente y después de mi viaje en el 2017, decidí recoger fondos para colaborarle a una escuela de fútbol para niños y jóvenes desprivilegiados en la comunidad local de Cartago, Colombia donde reside mi mamá y gran parte de mi familia. Durante esta estadía, hice entrega a la academia unos uniformes y equipo de entrenamiento que fue donado con mucha generosidad por los empleados y padres de familia vinculados a PRO TOUCH SA CIC, una academia con un programa élite de fútbol reconocido internacionalmente donde entrena mi hijo. Con la ayuda de una persona maravillosa llamada Luz Aydee, llevé todo lo donado a la escuela de fútbol que necesitaba recursos. Los entrenadores, jugadores y padres de familia nos recibieron a mí y a mi mamá con una gran bienvenida cuando hicimos entrega de lo que llevábamos. Nos invitaron a ver un entrenamiento y realmente me sorprendí al ver el talento y pasión que demostraban los niños por el fútbol. Un niño se destacó por su talento a pesar de estar jugando en una cancha de tierra y con chanclas playeras en vez de guayos en los pies. Este niño se puso muy contento cuando le entregué el equipo y me dió un abrazo enorme totalmente inesperado, memoria que voy a llevar toda mi vida.

Después de ver esta falta de recursos con mis propios ojos, decidí hacer todo lo posible para colaborarles. Todo el dinero que tendré la fortuna de recoger, se va a usar para comprar uniformes, guayos, balones, arcos con mallas etc etc, la lista es interminable.

Tengo viaje a Cartago planeado para el verano del 2019 y compraré (a precio mayorista por medio de vendedores aprobados por PRO TOUCH SA) todo el equipo y recursos y haré entrega de lo comprado al CLUB BOCA JUNIOR en Cartago.Tomaré fotos y videos de mis entrenamientos, la carrera propia, la compra de los equipos y uniformes, el viaje a Colombia en el 2019 y lo más importante, la entrega de todo a la academia en Cartago. Con su amabilidad y generosidad, juntos podemos asegurar que estos niños y jóvenes desprivilegiados tengan una mano de ayuda en el futuro para fomentar su pasión por el fútbol.

Para mí, completar la media maratón será un reto físico-mental. Hasta ahora solo he completado una carrera de 5 kilómetros y hasta ahí llega mi habilidad física.... hasta el 4 de Marzo 2018. Con su ayuda, estaremos haciendo una gran diferencia a las vidas de muchos niños y jóvenes desprivilegiados, ayudándoles a desarrollar sus habilidades y pasión por un deporte que realmente aman.

Estoy anxiosa de ver el progreso que han logrado desde mi última visita en el 2017.

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  • Paula Harvey3 months ago
    Paula Harvey

    Paula Harvey

    3 months ago

    It has been a while since I last posted, I have been busy getting resource lists ready and have been inundated with offers of support and kindness with supplies for the children and young people of Cartago, Colombia. I have been handed good condition second hand football kits/trainers/socks and football by some very generous people and am extremely grateful my story has reached so many, I hope Avianca have a generous baggage allowance because I will certainly be needing it next year :-)

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  • Paula Harvey6 months ago
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    Paula Harvey

    6 months ago

    After all the uncertainty due to the weather this week the sun finally came out for all the runners today. After 2hr 35 mins .....i did it :-))) Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.

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54

  • Kasper Hansen

    Kasper Hansen

    Jul 20, 2018

    A big THANK YOU from Kasper Hansen and his family for all the fun and care you have given him. He will miss you loads!

    £20.00

  • Basait Peracha

    Basait Peracha

    May 11, 2018

    Belated congrats Paula. Well done!

    £10.00

  • Lauren Harvey

    Lauren Harvey

    Mar 28, 2018

    Sorry for the late payment Mum but I’m so proud of you :) xxx

    £30.00

  • Denise Colbert

    Denise Colbert

    Mar 23, 2018

    It was fate meeting that morning and so thankful we did.You’re amazing!Great cause.Keep on running xxx

    £30.00

  • Joanna  Mulcahy

    Joanna Mulcahy

    Mar 20, 2018

    Very proud of you....you always inspire me. Well done. Lots of love from all of us

    £20.00

  • Xander & Brunskill family

    Xander & Brunskill family

    Mar 14, 2018

    Well done!

    £20.00

  • Corinne Humble

    Corinne Humble

    Mar 7, 2018

    Well done Paula! So proud of you x love corinne, tom, Finn & Syl xx

    £20.00

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Paula Harvey

Paula Harvey

Cartago - Valle del Cauca, Colombia

I am a proud mother of three wonderful children, two girls and a boy and a wife to a wonderful and supportive husband. I work within the Early Years sector full-time as my profession, and have been for many years.

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