The Great Commission United Academy in Heideveld in the Cape Flats. GCU was set up in 2001 by Mario van Niekerk. Born and bred in Heideveld, Mario had witnessed many of the community’s problems first hand and felt passionate about helping many of the area youth and keeping them off the streets. Hence the Soccer Academy was born.
GCU is not just a football club, it has expanded into a wider range of community activities including rope skipping, tutoring, life skills, school for dropouts, mentorships and way out of being trapped in the cycle of gangs and drugs.
General School Supplies:
Book bags, Colored pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Highlighters, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers
Craft Scissors, Watercolor Paints and Brushes, and Wool and Knitting Needles
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Baseball Caps (all sizes), Jump Ropes, New or Gently Used Soccer Boots/Cleats (all sizes), Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, Water Bottles, and Whistles
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New Underwear (ages 4 to 18), Sneakers/Trainers (sizes 4 to adult), and Socks (ages 4 to 18)
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.