Saint Lucia calling!
21 July 2012
Xpro gets letter of support and hand of friendship from Carribbean island
Xpro regularly receives letters seeking help and offering support for its’ great work with former footballers but one letter made a very long and special journey this week – al the way from the tropical shores of Saint Lucia!
The letter from Nova Alexander came in her role as Executive Director of the Sacred Sports Foundation Inc (SSF), a not-for-profit charity based on the sunny Caribbean island
Nova is the sister of former Lincoln City and Macclesfield Town manager Keith Alexander, who sadly died in 2010 aged just 53, and the foundation is his legacy working with disadvantaged Caribbean youth.
Nova, together with another brother Delroy, wrote to Xpro Chief Executive Geoff Scott offering her support and looking at ways the two charities can work together
Nova wrote: “We commend Xpro on the endeavours to help and support ex-professional footballers.” She is now in discussion with Geoff about the possibility of establishing an Xpro overseas mentoring programme.
The SSF uses sport to help young people tackle the toughest challenges in life by developing sport programmes to help steer youngsters down the right path
Nova said: “It may surprise you to know that beneath the glossy travel pictures and tourism promotions Saint Lucia is desperately needy with heart wrenching challenges similar to those in other less developed regions of the world.
“The island has one of the highest levels of rural and urban poverty in the region, which has resulted in a high unemployment rate, that is in excess of 62% for youth under the age of 25.”
Geoff said he was delighted Xpro attracted interest from all over the world but said this letter was pretty special because he had known Keith and regarded him highly
“Xpro is now talking to Nova to see how the two charities can work together and we are delighted to help all we can,” he said
“It is only right that we help secure this legacy for Keith as it is what he desperately wanted
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