Soccer balls for North Korea – Korean Friendship Network
Mac is very excited about the impending trip by his friends at the Rotary Club of Shanghai
and the Korean Friendship Network in follow up to the soccer balls and uniforms to the North Korean kids in orphanages and kids with disabilities. Here’s the full story from the Korean Friendship Network:
Football – Play it Forward
As we mentioned previously, this is a really fun project – to help Mac Millar, an 11 year old boy from Brisbane, realize his dream of empowering needy kids around the world to share his favourite game – soccer. One of the first targets in his sight was the DPRK – which he thought was impossible, but clearly is not.
Beyond looking at individual countries, who generally are the most needy kids? Certainly orphans and the disabled. So we are helping Mac Millar to kick off this project in the DPRK by sending 200 footballs and soccer jerseys to orphanages in Pyongyang city and North Hwanghae province. Along the way we hope to visit additional project sites in Nampo and Kaesong.
This project has received substantial financial support from Mac Millar himself, Rotary Club of Brighton, Australia and the Dundas Valley Sunrise club in Canada. Shanghai Rotarians along with Past President Frank Yih’s staff members are helping to put all the pieces together.
Earlier this year Rtn. Rob Ward from Brighton North Club in Melbourne was able to engineer a very special meeting between Mac Millar and the DPRK national football team that was in country for three Asian Cup matches. This encounter may have been brief but it was full of smiles from all sides.