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Jerry GbardyMESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

The African Canadian Soccer & Cultural Association (ACSCA) is currently making massive preparations to host the 2018 African Soccer Tournament. This year will mark the 24th anniversary of the competition. Like last year, 16 African teams are expected to participate in the three-day soccer fest on August 10, 11 and 12. Liberia, the 2017 champions will be there to fiercely defend their championship title. Along with the Men’s Open, we will also have youth between the ages of nine and 16 competing in a separate tournament running concomitantly with the adults’. Good news, we are getting everyone involved, especially the youth among whom we are expected to produce some of the best players the world of soccer is willing to receive. Before the tournament, ACSCA will also participate in the Richmond Nations Cup on July 20-22, fielding four teams (Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Over 30 and Over 35).

Exactly one week after the African Soccer Tournament, we will also be celebrating the Africa Day Cultural Festival at the Moody Park in the City of New Westminster. Everyone, young and old is invited at the Park on Saturday August 18 to enjoy the cultural festivities. The Karakata International Cultural Band will be there to entertain the crowd with African music and dance. Acholi Cultural Community will also be on hand to do the traditional African dance and music, followed by the Liberian Cultural Troupe with their acrobatic performances.

On May 19 of this year we held the African Awards Night at the Bonsor Recreation Center. The event was well attended and several youth received awards on the night in the full view of their parents and other invited guests. Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson served as the Keynote Speaker.

As a non-profit organization, how are we surviving? How are we able to fund our projects? We would not have been able to undertake all these projects without the help of our sponsors (our partners in progress), some of whom give in-kind donations while others give cash donations. They are: the City of Burnaby, the City of New Westminster, Umbro Canada, Afro Hair Studio, Abantu, Canadian Tires Jumpstart, Ethiopian Airlines and the most recently added KIA West Motors.

We are also grateful to the following businesses and organizations that support us in many ways in making our community organization a viable and vibrant entity: Taste of Africa Restaurant, Axum Ethiopian Restaurant, Lalibela Restaurant, Solorose International, Anim Hair Studio and Watta David Catering. Others are: the Karakata Cultural Group, Umoja Operation Compassion Society, the Acholi Community, the Ethiopian Cultural Community, the Sierra Leonean Community, the Liberian Association of Greater Vancouver, Platform Media International and many more who time and space will not permit me to name at the moment.

As we continue to serve our community, we are cognizant of the challenges and the constraints we sometimes face. Though we recognize these challenges and constraints along the way as we grow – challenges which are not endemic to our situation, as most non-profit organizations go through the same -- I can safely say that ACSCA is the most viable, most credible, most transparent and most organized non-profit umbrella African organization in the Lower Mainland. As you have seen over the past years, the programs we run continue to leave an indelible imprint on the minds of the public and we want to do more.

Therefore, let’s meet at the Hugh Boyd Park in Richmond on July 20-22 during the Richmond Nations Cup to cheer the Africa United teams to victory. Thereafter, all roads lead to the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex on August 10, 11, and 12 for the African Soccer Tournament and to Moody Park on August 18 for the Festival. We look forward to seeing you. Let’s enjoy the summer break while we can.

Yours truly,

Jerry Gbardy
PRESIDENT

 
24th Annual African Soccer & Cultural Festival 2018
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