GREETINGS FROM AN EXCITED SOUTH AFRICA!!!
Dear Blogging friends
The kick-off to the FIFA Soccer world cup 2010 is only three days away!
The atmosphere here in South Africa is electric at the moment!
On FRIDAY 11JUNE 2010,
32 Countries from across our planet
will be commencing their pursuit of winning the biggest trophy in soccer history:
THE FIFA SOCCER WORLD CUP 2010
Whether you are a sports fanatic or not is irrelevant!...
In my opinion, this is an incredible opportunity for us all to unite and celebrate our unity across the globe!
Yes, we are all different – in language, religion, culture, cuisine, climate, economy etc, etc –
but we all share a bond, and that is our HUMANITY!
As I mentioned in my previous post...
I am going to be cheering ALL 32 countries represented in this event.
I feel that it is my opportunity to LEARN about other countries and other ways of life.
Obviously, I would like our own South African team –
– to do well in the tournament, but I am just so happy to be part of a
“Host nation” to our guests from across the globe.
For this reason, I would like to initiate a project and I am inviting you to join me...
I am suggesting that over the next few weeks we all pool together and celebrate the various countries which are participating in the Soccer World cup. How do we do this? Well, I suggest that we put up special blogposts on the particular days when the countries are playing their matches. One of the things I am personally going to do is to try and post up something for each country. I am inviting you to join me. This is how you can participate:
The drive is called...
“UNITY IN DIVERSITY”
This is the plan:
• Choose a country (or two...) which is playing in the world cup. It can be either your own country or another that you would like to support.
• Consult the match schedule (below) and choose a date where your chosen country is playing.
• Plan your blogpost in support of that country for one/two/three/? of the days when they are playing.
• Your post may include anything that you want to include. Use your creative energies. It could be a recipe (something that I am doing), a flag, some item of interest about the country of your choice, history, geography, dogs or anything which highlights that particular country. Just have fun and join in the vibe!
• Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the country you are supporting, the day of your blogpost and your blog address.
IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT!
My own country – SOUTH AFRICA – is a country which celebrates its diversity. We are a
and we have many cultures, races, languages and religions. We have overcome the hurdles of our past and sport an ethos of ‘Unity in diversity’. I am really hoping that we can all have fun in the blogging community with this small initiative. I am also hoping that in the next few weeks, we will all get to know one other a little better and emerge with an understanding that despite our differences, we are able to recognise our common humanity.
Some of you might remember this poem which I wrote some time ago:
MY DREAM: (In honour of ‘Max the Tour Guide’)
I have a dream...
Of friends far and wide
I have a dream...
They will be at my side...
Where I can show my country: its bountiful delights:
The animals, the plants and so many sites!
To take in its cultures, it’s food, it’s sun,
To show my guests that Africa is fun!
I dream of laughter, of happiness, of care
I dream my joy in my country – they can share.
I dream of dancing, music and good
Of one big family... One big brood.
They came, they saw, they shared my dream
A dream that was all of ours... or so it would seem.
So THANK YOU, my guests, for just being you
My dream for Africa... has just came true!
16 September 2009
HERE ARE THE COUNTRIES WHICH ARE PLAYING IN THE
FIFA SOCCER WORLD CUP 2010:
(AND THE DATES- IN JUNE- ON WHICH THEY ARE PLAYING):
South Africa 11, 16, 22
Mexico 11, 17, 22
Uruguay 11,16, 22
France 11, 17, 22
Argentina12, 17, 22
Nigeria12, 17, 22
Korea Republic 12, 17, 22
Greece 12, 17, 22
England 12, 18, 23
USA 12, 18, 23
Algeria 13, 18, 23
Slovenia 13, 18, 23
Germany 13, 18, 23
Australia 13, 19, 23
Serbia 13, 18, 23
Ghana 13, 19, 23
Netherlands 14, 19, 24
Denmark 14, 19, 24
Japan 14, 19, 24
Cameroon 14, 19, 24
Italy 14, 20, 24
Paraguay 14, 20, 24