SUPPORT: Gympie Squash Courts’ owner Susan Kerr presents Pastor Francis Nyameche with a cheque to help alleviate poverty in Kibera, Africa.
SUPPORT: Gympie Squash Courts’ owner Susan Kerr presents Pastor Francis Nyameche with a cheque to help alleviate poverty in Kibera, Africa. Contributed

Squash tournament has helped

A SQUASH tournament held in Gympie earlier this month has helped make a difference to the everyday lives of the people of Kibera, Africa.

Kibera, just outside Niarobi in Kenya, is one of the largest slums in the world, with a population of more than 1.2 million living on a mere 800 acres.

Gympie Squash Courts' owner Susan Kerr has known Pastor Francis and Lindah Nyameche for the past three years and has become a good friend, becoming involved in helping to raise money for the province's 500,000 starving children.

Francis grew up in a slum, and so is well acquainted with the needs of the people.

As such, he has chosen to remain there and try to help the poor people of his country.

Both Francis and Lindah had their airfares paid by other sponsors to enable them to come to Australia to help raise awareness and funds for Kibera.

“When I knew that Francis and Lindah would be able to make it to Gympie during their three week stay, I decided to organise a squash tournament in honour of them and their tireless work,” Kerr said.

The one-day tournament saw 32 players play three matches each.

Not only did they raise a sweat, but they also helped to raise some much-needed funds to go directly back to Kenya.

Francis and Lindah arrived at lunchtime and gave a 10-minute talk on how they are trying to make a difference in Kibera.

As well as offering what little food and health care they can, they are also educating the people on how to start their own businesses, such as carrying water and selling hand-made crafts to enable people to start helping themselves.

In addition, Pastor Francis and Lindah run their own church, Nairobi Believers Mission.

The church is a tin shed where 80 families are served and 90 orphaned children are cared for.

The squash players who took part on the day, and other players who donated money prior to the event, were extremely generous.

“I was overwhelmed by the response,” Kerr said.

“At the end of the day we were able to hand over a cheque for $1000 while Francis and Lindah made over $350 selling an array of small items that they had brought over from Africa the children in their care had made.

“The people of Kibera will be thankful for a long time,” Pastor Francis said.

“The tournament was so much fun and so successful that I may now try to make it an annual event,” Kerr said.

Gympie Times


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