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Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
Soccer donations for Africa
by Randy Pascal

Cambrian College third year nursing student Kaitlin Houben has found a way to combine her love of both nursing and soccer in a most interesting manner.

The graduate of Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School and veteran of the Golden Shield women's soccer program is one of ten nursing students, from across the north, who will soon be leaving for Nsawam (Ghana) in west Africa.

We're going to be doing community nursing for two weeks, a lot of health promotion and prevention, teaching about chronic health management, family planning, HIV and Aids and malaria," she said. "We're going to be in the community, as well as some clinics and hospitals."

Through conversation with her Cambrian professor, Karla Ghartey, the opportunity arose to bring soccer into the mix. "Carla's husband, Patrick, is from Ghana, and one of their little boys is really into soccer. They were mentioning that soccer is huge in Ghana."

"Every one of us gets to bring two suitcases, so one suitcase (for each of us) will be filled with donations. We decided to include soccer related things, like cleats, shorts, shin pads, deflated balls, clothes. We'll take stuff for U4 to U18, U21, literally any age."

And over and above whatever good the visit may do for the people of Ghana, Houben is anxious to learn, plenty, on a variety of different levels. "It's going to be a very culturally sensitive trip, especially since I've never been out of the country," she said.

"It's going to be a huge eye opener to see what their life is like, their lifestyle. It will be cool to see their soccer as well." For further information on making a soccer donation, kindly contact Kaitlin Houben at

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