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Pearl of Africa Series

Canada - Uganda Challenge

Let Them Play

This November, we would like to help with this charity. We started Anything on a Clock almost 5 years ago when my little guy was just a baby. Now that he is almost 6, he really enjoys playing baseball. When I heard about this organization, it struck a cord in my heart.

In the month of November, part proceeds of every clock that we sell will be donated to the
Canada - Uganda Challenge. In addition, anyone who inquires about getting a clock using the email address
pearl@anythingonaclock We will give them an additional 15% of your order.

The following information was taken directly from their web site.

Right To Play has joined forces with the Canadian Little League Team, local organizer Ruth Hoffman, the Ugandan Little League Team and Jay Shapiro, film producer to bring the love of baseball back into the hearts of 11, 12 and 13 year old baseball players. Giving them an opportunity to play the game that ‘should have been’ and make history in Uganda.

Just this summer, the Ugandan Little League team’s hard work and determination had won them the title of first African team in history to earn the right to compete in the Little League World Series. Winning the Middle East/Africa Division for 11 and 12 year olds against Saudi Arabia in July, earned them an all-expenses paid trip to the August 2011 World Series in Williamsport, PA., USA. The youngsters were scheduled to play the Canadian team from Langley, BC, in what would have been an historic moment for Africa. However, just two weeks before that game was to take place, Uganda's request for visas was denied by the U.S. State Department.  Many of the children on the Ugandan team are orphans living in Kampala, and are playing with donated equipment. Some of their parents are illiterate and in many cases the people raising the children are not their birth parents and have no birth certificates. The team did their best to complete the forms, but ultimately missed the opportunity to represent their country and play in the series.

Team Canada will fly to Uganda in January to play the championship game the teams were denied. It will be a week-long event including games, activities, clinics and community demonstrations. The players will spend time together, learning about each other and building friendships that will last long after the final inning is played. Education opportunities will be made available through scholarship programs and access to school for Ugandan players. Funds will be generated to give the players the opportunity to travel to and participate in annual international tournaments. And a safe place to play, closer to where they live, will be built giving players a field to practice on for years to come. 

Filmmaker Jay Shapiro is currently directing a documentary on Ugandan baseball called Opposite Field. The feature documentary film, currently in production, will be capturing the story of Ugandan youth baseball players and will conclude with the events this initiative has set out to achieve. 

Our goal is to raise $155,000 to support this project. However, in order for this project to move forward, we must fundraise a minimum of $75,000 before the end of the year. If this goal is not met, the trip will not take place and Team Canada will not be able to play Team Uganda. However, whatever funds are raised will go to support one or a combination of the following initiatives in Uganda: education opportunities through scholarship programs for Ugandan players, funding for travel to participate in international tournaments and / or funding to build a baseball diamond closer to where the players live.

For more information on the Canada - Uganda Challenge, please click here.

For more information on how you can get a custom clock by Anything on a Clock and help the Canada - Uganda Challenge, please email us at pearl@anythingonaclock.ca or give ua a call at 604-318-8839

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