I was very pleased and proud to be told that Amanda Nxuthe and Mayizukiswe Rongwana – both learners at Groendal High School – had been selected to play for the Boland Chess Union’s First Teams for Under 16 Girls and Under 20 Boys at the South African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) to be held at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town from 3rd to 10th January 2016. This will be a momentous event with over 2500 young chess players from across the spectrum of diversity that is South Africa.
Amanda and Mayizukiswe began playing chess in my first chess group at Dalubuhle Primary School when they were about 10. After moving on to Groendal High School they still made the trek up the hill to play twice a week at Dalubuhle. Thanks to Kusasa’s support with transport and payment of entry fees, they are now battle hardened veterans of numerous school and other open tournaments. They have also grown from kids to really nice young adults.
The fact that they were selected to play for Boland Chess Union’s First Teams at the SAJCC is testament to their commitment and skill. Having grown up with very few advantages but having shown their potential, the SAJCC is a well-deserved opportunity for them to compete at the highest level for their age groups.
The cost of SAJCC entry fees, Boland Chess Union track suits, hostel accommodation and two meals a day will be i.r.o. R2500 for each of them – £125, €170, $200.
If you can help Amanda and Mayizukiswe to be part of the Boland Chess Union Team at the SAJCC, please consider making a donation of, say, R250, £12.50, €17.00, $20.00 – more if possible – to Kusasa. Any surplus will be used for chess equipment (particularly much needed clocks), books, programmes, coaching and entry fees etc for chess tournaments. I do hope you can help.
Donations to Kusasa are deductible for tax payers in South Africa, UK, Holland and the USA. Their banking details are below.
Please reference all donations “Chess” and ask for notification to be sent to Doug Gurr at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also email Doug (with a copy to me at email@example.com) with your name and address and tell him if you want a tax deduction certificate.
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project
Account Number: 1670005186
Branch Code: 167005
SWIFT Code: NEDSZAJJ
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project UK
Bank: Clydesdale Bank
Sort Code: 826419
Account Number: 70128619
Or via JustGiving so you can choose to GiftAid your donation.
Beneficiary: Stichting The Kusasa Project Netherlands
Bank: RABO Bank
Account Number: 0135981468
IBAN Number: NL 58 RABO 0135981468
Bank Name: Huntington National Bank
Bank Address: 41 S. High St., Columbus, 43215
Swift Code/ABA#: HUNTUS33 / 044000024
Beneficiary’s a/c #: 01891380336
Beneficiary’s Name: The Columbus Foundation
Beneficiary’s Address: 1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205
EIN number: 31-6044264
If you can help send Amanda and Mayizukiswe to the SAJCC please let me know as soon as possible as I have to confirm their participation and pay a deposit by 26th October.
Barry Phillips – 083 441 8280
PS. If you want a fun, challenging game of chess with some great kids, call me.