The OSCAR Foundation has been invited by four Preparatory schools in the United Kingdom to take part in a fully funded, 10 day football and education tour.
The event will be largely held in Gloucestershire and hosted by Beaudesert Park School, with Cheltenham Junior School, Aldro and Hall Grove supporting. The Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Cheltenham College have also pledged support with the fundraising.
In 2016, while working in Mumbai, publicist, Lucinda Magraw met Ashok Rathod. Inspired by his work and seeing for herself the hugely positive effect the OSCAR foundation has on the slum community, she decided to do something to help.
“Ashok is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. It was impossible to walk away without doing something to help. I wanted to be part of the Oscar family. My four children have all been fortunate enough to be part of overseas sports trips and I wanted the OSCAR children to have the same opportunity.
I approached a few schools in the UK and they were all very enthusiastic to get involved. Both the Oscar team and the host children will have a life changing experience. It’s a win win situation. It is so exciting that a dream is actually going to come true. Not only for the OSCAR Community but for me too.”
The fundraising effort got off to a very positive start last month when Ashok went to visit the schools in the UK to tell the children all about The OSCAR Foundation’s work, about life in the slums and to announce the forthcoming tour. Meeting over 2,000 kids in three days, Ashok managed to drum up plenty of support. He met the legendary ex England Captain, Tony Adams and got his picture in several newspapers!
The money raised will fund passports, visas, flights, kit, accommodation and the educational programme. There are many sponsorship opportunities and we would like to invite businesses and individuals with any fundraising ideas to get in touch with the very enthusiastic OSCAR team.
We warmly welcome any donations. It’s simple, making a dream come true is one click away.
You can donate here. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/oscarukschoolstour