We organized a ticket fund trial during the Confederations Cup in South Africa in June 2009.
The beneficiaries were 200 children. They lived in the poor districts where Grassroot Soccer conducts the bulk of its education programs for HIV/AIDS prevention. While the children were all thrilled by their first-ever experience of watching an international football match live, the experience was unexpectedly tough on the staff running things. The children were transported in microbuses and by the time the games were over it was night and pitch black outside. The children, who are not used to going home by car at night, didn't know the way back to their own houses, and driving them back took far longer than anticipated as a result. It was 2.00 a.m. by the time the last child was safely dropped off at home! We realized that, on top of taking the children to the games, making sure they were safe was a big part of what the Ticket Fund was all about.