Henry Kalungi and Jacqueline Kalungi speak to the young footballers

Uganda Cranes and Charlotte Independence defender Henry Kalungi has for the third year in a row, dined and donated sports equipment to young footballers in a bid to change their lives.

Henry Kalungi and the slum children

Kalungi, under his Henry Kalungi Foundation gave out footwear like boots, socks, gloves, jerseys, balls and so much more for the third year in a row, a tradition that has stood since the December of 2016.

The US-based star who plies his trade in the US felt joy as he came back to give to his community but also help the underprivleded children who can’t afford to procure their own sports gear.

Speaking to Airtel Football, Kalungi who was joined by volunteers, family, URA FC CEO Ivan Kakembo, Police FC coach Abdhallah Mubiru said he was thankful for the opportunity to serve, promising much more.

“It’s a blessing to be in this position to give back,” he said. “Some people may think we are doing the kids a favour but they bring so much joy to us.”

“We got here very early in the morning and took them through several drills,” Kalungi narrated. “My wife Jacqueline was face-painting, playing with the kids.

“We were able to give out some gear. Most of the gear didn’t come all through unfortunately because we had ten boxes of stuff.

Henry Kalungi and Jacqueline Kalungi with sports gear

“So hopefully we shall get a day and give that stuff out. We were able to feed over 400 kids.

“They ate and there were even left overs which doesn’t happen.

“Most of the things am very proud of today is that we were able to get people together and we able to celebrate. We are thankful for the opportunity and we thank the people who helped us.”

Children pose for photos after the Kalungi giveaway at Buganda Road

Henry under his foundation plan to continue their giveaways to Kibuli SS – a school that nurtured him as well as impoverished families in Bulemeezi in the next few days.