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Monday, June 27, 2005

Barclays Miles Ahead and Zambia Safari

Barclays Bank Zambia Plc adds fuel to the Zambia safari campaign. On June 23, 05 the bank launched the Barclays Miles Ahead (BMA), a soccer project that will help youths develop soccer skills. The project started in London two weeks ago and its team is expected in Zambia in October.

The project is expected to raise money from charities and participants in the development of communities in which the bank operates in Europe, Africa and Middle East. Barclays hopes to raise at least 200,000 pounds sterling.

Andy Rigg managing director for Barclays said, "locally, we shall hold a tiger fishing expedition in the Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP) in September. From this and other activities, we hope to raise an additional 100,000 pounds."

The LZNP is Zambia’s newest game park that hosts canoe safaris and a good spot of angling. And, of course, Zambia safari is the host.

Mr Rigg said the project would also be used as a platform in driving HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention among youths. In this first phase of this initiative the partnership is between Barclays Bank (BB), Grassroot Soccer Foundation (GSF) and the Kalusha Bwalya Foundation (KBF). Oh …Kalusha Bwalya is Zambia’s football icon! He’s vice president of the Football Association of Zambia and its technical director (meaning the head coach, you know.)

The project will train youths’ coaches in soccer and its main focus will be HIV/AIDS. The target is to reach 9,000 youths in the first phase. The Miles Ahead project initiative will enable the bank contribute to enhancing access to education, fight malaria and HIV/AIDS through sport.

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