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Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Shakhtar Football Club present training shoes for children from orphanage


Shakhtar Football Club presented training shoes for children from orphanage, who took part in a friendly football match with FC Mariupol. The game was organized by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation as part of "Mentorship" project and ended with the victory of children over professional football players by a score of 6:4.

"Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is paying special attention to the orphanhood problem. As part of "Mentorship" project we formed 43 mentor-ward couples. Older friends help children to get ready for adult life, share experience with them. The Foundation conducted different trainings, master classes and sports events for children. Recently children played in a friendly match with Mariupol football club and they won. Shakhtar heard about this football game and decided to support children's love for sports - gave them training shoes", – Natalia Baryshpolska, the Head of "Say No to Orphanhood!" program, shared.

The project team of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation passed the present to children. The kids themselves say that they liked the unexpected gift of the football club.

"When I looked at my new shoes, I got really happy. I want to thank the people who made this present for us. I want to play football in my new sneakers. And I am confident in the victory!" – Illia shared.  

Despite the fact that these are sports shoes, children treat the present with due care. "Great sneakers, I loved them! – Bohdan shares. – We were given not only training shoes, but also T-shirts saying "Mentorship" to play football. I wear it all the time lately. I think I'll save the training shoes. For now I won't be playing in them. I will just wear them for a while. Thank you so much for doing all this".

Over the project implementation period there were 11 trainings taken by 107 potential mentors. The total number of the formed mentor-mentee couples were 43. Mentors help children to determine their path of life, to choose a profession and gain useful skills.