* Hyundai donates 3,000 footballs to local schools in High Wycombe
* SOS Africa receives 5,000 new footballs and 50 new football kits
* Globally, Hyundai to deliver one million balls to African children
High Wycombe-based motor company Hyundai UK has been having a ball with local schools. To celebrate its sponsorship of the World Cup, Hyundai purchased 57,000 footballs – one for every car it sold last year. Many were used for ‘football scrappage’ at dealer events where old footballs were traded in for shiny new ones, but Hyundai made sure it had enough to keep children in the High Wycombe area happy too.
First to receive 200 footballs was Ash Hill Primary School. On the day that England was due to play Algeria in the World Cup, Hyundai invited a class of children to Hyundai HQ and handed out footballs and flags to each child.
Jennifer Gamble, Head Teacher of Ash Hill Primary School said: “The children had a wonderful day visiting the Hyundai head office. They were all so excited and the event really gave the children something to look forward to”.
Last week, Hyundai set to work pumping up over 3,000 footballs. An i800 people-carrier and i30 hatchback full of footballs were then taken to the children of - Booker Hill, Castlefield, Penn, The Wycombe Grange, Bowerdean Nursery, Walters Ash, Hamilton, King's Wood and Chepping View schools.
Hyundai UK’s Managing Director, Tony Whitehorn, said: “We decided to take up this initiative to show our commitment to caring for the local community. We plan to work closely in the future with local schools on further projects”.
As well as making the children of High Wycombe smile, Hyundai also knew how important it was to help children in host nation South Africa. Hyundai UK donated 5,000 new footballs and 50 new school football kits to SOS Africa. On a global scale, Hyundai Motor will donate a total of one million footballs to African children.
SOS Africa is a small, non-profit, volunteer-run charitable organisation that funds the education and care of underprivileged African township children. Football legend John Barnes is currently helping distribute the footballs in South Africa.