A group of British entertainers and sportsmen have been in Kenya helping to raise 200,000 Kenya shillings (GBP12,500 sterling) for the Salvation Army's Joyland School for Crippled Children in Nairobi.
A group of British entertainers and sportsmen have been in Kenya helping to raise 200,000 Kenya shillings (GBP12,500 sterling) for the Salvation Army's Joyland School for Crippled Children in Nairobi. The group included former European heavyweight boxing champion, Henry Cooper, and world famous English international soccer player Bobby Charlton.
The entertainers are all members of the Variety Club of Great Britain which raises money for children's charities. During their ten day tour they entertained professionally at clubs and dinners in Kenya and played golf in local tournaments during the day. Admission charges and entry fees went towards the children's charity.
Most of the money raised is expected to be spent on buses so the Joyland school can take its crippled pupils to and from the school.
One of the last engagements on the tour for the celebrities was last Saturday (22 November) when Henry Cooper and Bobby Charlton visited some of the children who go to the Joyland school. Despite their handicaps the children enjoyed an impromptu game of soccer with Bobby Charlton and sparring with champion boxer Cooper.
The organiser of the tour was John Spurling, a leading light behind kenya Golf Promotions. Joint sponsors were Block Hotels Limited, British Caledonian Airways, the American Life Insurance Company and Bunson Travel Service Limited. The patron of the tour was the Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, Mr. Duncan Ndegwa, himself a keen golfer.