Long weekends are traditionally for family reunions, holidays and/or just another reason for people to get plastered. This year‰Ûªs Easter was all that and more. People from all walks of life, race, creed and organizations gathered at the Il Covo beach front on the North Coast for Beach 5‰Ûªs football tournament. Beach Fives 2012 This is an annual event that organized by Sporting Conservation and its aim is to raise funds towards small marine conservation projects and the Camp Kenya Trust was to be the recipient of this year’s grant. This being our first year to participate also proved to be the most successful in more ways than one. It was a record breaker in the sense that 30 teams graced the occasion making the tournament the biggest the Mombasa county has ever held and Baraka Mangrove Conservation group from Makongeni will be the beneficiaries with the proceeds from the tournament. This is a community group that Camp Kenya work very closely with as many of you will know first hand. We have been involved in some of their income generating projects such as fish farming, and general mangrove conservation to mention a few. Last year we started to construct a small resource centre from the group and the proceeds from this event will allocated to our little kitty (and yes, we still need a fair bit more !) Preparations were underway by the beginning of March and we were to send a strong team to the tournament. The Camp Kenya team comprised of at least a member from each department: project officers, workshop and transport. Staff from other departments came out to cheer the team on and took this opportunity to bring their little ones with them and had a great time on the beach. We also thought we should include a youth soccer team from Makongeni. The Barcelona youth football team represented Baraka group as they both came from the same locality (Makongeni). Beach Fives 2012 On the 7th and 8th all roads led to north coast. Teams were divided into 4 groups/pools which participated in the knockout rounds. Both Camp Kenya and Barcelona Youth were eliminated in the group stages but we did not leave empty handed. The Makongeni youth team got a certificate for being the most promising team having had the youngest players in the tournament. They also earned themselves a 50% discount on a computer course with one of the leading colleges in town (Yaris Institution of Information and Business Studies). Camp Kenya’s team were awarded 15 x vouchers worth kshs.1000 to purchase goods at Vijay optica in Mombasa. And the Camp Kenya Trust received a grant of Ksh 75,000/- dedicated to the resource centre we are building for the Baraka Mangrove Conservation Group. Great event all round, very well organised with a Doctor on site, drinking water, food, music/MC‰Ûªs and loads of fun. Beach Fives 2012 We would like to give a huge thanks to Sporting Conservation in collaboration with Left Foot Sports for their dedication towards supporting local grassroots projects. We would also like thank Muthaiga Mini Market and Safia drinking water suppliers for supporting our teams with refreshments. And of course, our close friends at Kinondo Kwetu who also supported a team for the event! Till next year…Asante! Beach Fives 2012