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Hey all! So, I am leaving for Uganda tomorrow with my mom, along with my brother, Ian, and my grandma. I am looking forward to a similar, if not better, experience as last year. I want to take a moment to reflect on my thoughts over the past year. Returning from Uganda last year I was kind of clueless. I had no idea what to take away from the experience. It wasn’t until my GATE teacher Mrs. Gregg confronted our class with the TED Talk assignment that I really started to think about what I had seen there.
At that point, Ray United FC was just starting to piece together. I didn’t really make the decision to establish RUFC, as much as it just happened. Before I knew it I had a non-profit on my hands and, well to say the least, I had no idea what to do with it. Fundraising was difficult and I am still figuring it out now. It wasn’t really until I had my partners in LAPFC and LAUNCH did I really begin to understand what it meant to fundraise. I realized people wouldn’t just give me money. I had to impress them, give them reasons to invest in me. Public speaking, blogging, throwing parties and events; all these things are great tools for fundraising. Once I understood this fact, the funds started rolling in. I am proud of my supporters and myself for making it this far, but we still have a ways to go. My newest initiative is t-shirt sales. Get yours today at http://www.rayunitedfc.org/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
I also wanted to update you on the schedule of my trip. On Monday next week I will be meeting with the US Ambassador to Uganda and on Tuesday I am meeting with US consulate staff regarding Morris and Miriam’s visas to visit. If all goes well they will be coming during the last week of school. In any case, I am excited to finally meet both of them in person. On Tuesday I am also meeting with Edgar’s Youth Soccer Programs (http://edgarsyouthprog.org/) to discuss partnering on this summer’s soccer camp. On Wednesday I am visiting Namabo Primary School to break ground on the new school block. I will also be having meetings with the construction company working on the project. I am talking to my teacher Mrs. Kazak about Skyping in from the school to our classroom so the kids can talk face to face. During my time in Mpigi I will also be attending a district soccer tournament and an orphanage where I will donate the hundreds of pounds of soccer gear that have been donated over the past few weeks.
As for my social media I will be blogging daily on this website and will constantly be updating my Twitter (@rayunitedfc) and Facebook pages (facebook.com/rayuntedfc). You can follow along this RUFC journey on my new hashtag #RUFCMpigi15. Last but not least, I will be posting pictures and videos of those smiles I’ve been telling you about.
Stay well and don’t forget to follow the feed at #RUFCMpigi15.
Ray Wipfli, RUFC founder, shares his thoughts.