Teaming up for a brighter future: Working together, participants in GameDuell’s Safari Bonus played hard and collected an impressive 10,127 EUR (that’s nearly $13,000!). The proceeds are being donated to AMANDLA Edufootball, a child-care organization in South Africa that is funded exclusively by donations like this one.
“Give Strength to Youth – Educate through Sport” is AMANDLA’s motto. Although South Africa is a country teeming with soccer enthusiasts, many children still don’t have the opportunity to participate in sports. For those who live in poverty-stricken areas or are separated from their families in orphanages, surrounded by drugs and violence, the future often seems bleak.
AMANDLA supports children like these with their Soccer Leagues Program. In this program, soccer is used to teach values such as equality, tolerance, fair play and teamwork. In doing so, children gain confidence and learn to take responsibility for themselves and others. In addition, AMANDLA offers programs that prevent violence and help teach fundamental knowledge like reading and writing. With these skills, the children are capable of attending school and later have better chances at getting jobs.
AMANDLA is backed by Willi Lemke, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace. You can find more about AMANDLA’s commitment at the organization’s website:
Here at GameDuell we’re always on the lookout for ways to support organizations that work to change the world for the better, and this year is no different. One amazing charity that has really grabbed our attention is the youth project Villa südSee. Nestled in a peaceful country village, the villa is home to eight children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 18.
All of the children at the villa come from problem families where alcohol, drugs and criminal behavior were commonplace. Many of the children were neglected and even abused. For them, Villa südSee is the first real home they have ever known. Here they are cared for and given a sense of safety, security and acceptance. With these needs met, the children can grow more confident and find a new lease on life.
On GameDuell’s behalf, Heiner Lauterbach and his wife Viktoria presented the educators at Villa südSee with a check for 5,000 EUR. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Heiner and Viktoria for their support! We wish all the children in the villa a great summer and a wonderful childhood.
All of our offices have been decorated for weeks now. And everyone was really excited when the show finally started. Since our team is very international, we have quite a full arrange of colors on the walls and ceilings. The first flags were orange – even a tricot from Cameroon turned up. We all love soccer and our country colors, and this really shows these days!!!
In the last weeks we have set up a bunch of things in order to offer all GameDuell fans something special. For example, our game “SoccerMatch” is online – here you can swap soccer shoes, cups, whistles and, of course, soccer balls. The more combinations you get, the more goals you score to try to win the game. Really fun!!
Also, in line with this incredible worldwide soccer event, we created the Safari Bonus. By taking part in several GameDuell games you can climb up the bonus ladder. All you have to do then is answer the curious and fun questions that you find in your way, all of them dealing with our beloved soccer ball. And just by taking part you will win because for every correct answer you get, we donate 0,10 € to AMANDLA EduFootball e.V. You can find more information on this charity event here.
Now, all we can do is cross our fingers and root for our home team! Stars-Spangled banner, Black-Red-Gold, Orange, Red and Yellow, Blue-White-Red, Red-Blue…who will win?
This year, we decided to make a donation for a Thailand primary school. Ban Tungklom School has 220 students aged from 4-12 years. You can get an impression of our visit here or in the slideshow below.