Zambian sports betting giant BOLABET finished 2021 on a particularly high social responsibility note. The sports betting operator made a K49,500 donation to charity organizations based in Lusaka. 

A total of 4 charities benefited from the donation. Chibolya Media Farm, YASA Queens Academy, PlayItForward Zambia, and the Lusaka South Development Initiative. The donation was apportioned as follows. K18,000 went to YASA Queens Academy and K9,500 was donated to Lusaka South Development Initiative. PlayItForward shared in K11,500 of the donation. And Chibolya Media Farm walked away with K10,500. 

Donation A Major Boost For Teams

The donations were made following a special penalty shootout event featuring former Zambian football players. The players got to aim their footballs at holes of various sizes. Each hole contained a different cash prize. 

According to BOLABET general manager Justin Palmer, the incredible success achieved in 2021 means the company will continue to invest in the development of sport in Zambia. 

While 2021 had been dedicated mainly to football, Palmer said the idea is to include a variety of sports codes in the future. All sports played at all levels deserve to be supported, he explained. 

New Competition On The Cards

Palmer also spoke about the possibility of another new partnership between BOLABET and FAZ. The partnership is set to take on the form of a football cup competition. He explained that while schedules remain complicated in the face of the global health crisis, the idea is to invest more money in women’s football. And in the national league too. 

According to YASA Queens Academy manager Elizabeth Mtonga, the money donated to the organization by BOLABET will help the non-profit in many ways. Mtonga explained how the organization provided lodging to several girls. Current funding only allows the provision of one meal per day. She said the donation means the chance to improve the lives of the lodgers in 2022. 

In 2022, YASA Queens Academy participated in the very first-ever women’s national league. They managed to finish sixth overall. Mtonga said this involved traveling to Ndola and Solwezi. This had been a particularly exciting experience for the girls on the team. She said 2021 had been a phenomenal but also a challenging year for the team. They’d had to source and come up with their own funding. She however added that a lot had been learned from this experience. The aim now is to implement this new knowledge over the course of the coming year and season. 

The funds received from BOLABET will help make the 2021/22 season a success for the all-girls team. 

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