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The Red Machines lend a helping hand to give underprivileged children a new lease of life...

Churchill Brothers Goa, the reigning I-League champions, have joined hands with El Sheddai, Goa in a bid to provide service to the society and also spread education through football.

The El Sheddai Charitable Trust is a registered, non-profit Charity working in Goa and other states in the country, implementing the Child Rights Act 2003-05 for orphans, street children and children coming from economically desperate conditions; cared and provided with food, clothing, shelter and education, for a better future.

They have residential Homes, Community Centres, Children’s Cottage Hospital (ESCCC) for H.I.V. and terminally ill patients, Day Care & Night Shelters, plus Cottages for the seniors who are attending University, Colleges, Technical Institutions and Professional Training Centres in Goa.

In addition, they have Outreach Projects in Nagpur, Karnataka & Kerala. They have a free food and clothes distribution programme in the slums  in Goa.

On the occasion of India's 67thIndependence Day, a group of Churchill Brothers footballers, namely Hugo Machado, Daniel Amoreirinha, Bikramjit Singh, Amritpal Singh and Hasten D’Costa, along with club CEO Ms Valanka Alemao and General Manager Mr. Frazer Alemao, paid a visit to the El Sheddai Center at Margao to spend time with the children. The footballers interacted with the kids and also played football with them. Ms. Valanka Alemao also distribited prizes to the winners of various events.

“Our plan for the tie up is to send our coaches and players to train the children on a fortnightly basis to various El Sheddai centres. And once they get the grip of the game, we can provide them advanced training and the talented ones can be absorbed into the Churchill Brothers Youth Programme and hopefully don the senior team jersey in the near future,” Valanka informed.

She is hopeful that Churchill Brothers and El Sheddai can set an example of how football can be used as a social tool and help underprivileged children find new hope.

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