Project information

Polio FC Minibus Project

Polio FC were formed in 2009, from strong and talented young Polio survivors living rough in Sierra Leone.

Polio FC's mission is to win matches. For the love of football and to change attitudes to disabled people in SL.

Polio FC need a minibus. Help us raise £6k to get the team around the country!

July 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: FAITH2SHARE

  • Need


    Polio FC need to get around.

    The team survives and pays the rent and food out of the coach's canny trading abilities. A minibus would help him trade more goods to feed and house more players.

    Further, public transport is expensive, and people often discriminate against disabled people on journeys.


    By buying a minibus.

    We'll get all the money ready (the team have difficulty registering for a bank account), transfer it to a Bishop in Freetown, and he'll buy the minibus and provide proof of the transaction.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Get a minibus for the Polio Football Club


    » Fundraising for the minibus (this is done for free by Tom)
    » Ensuring that Polio FC get a good deal on the minibus, and that the right amount of money passes through the right hands.
    » Checking up on Polio FC and their minibus, hopefully being able to help out with maintenance costs over the long term.

    What success will look like

    A picture of Polio FC with the minibus. A picture of the reciept. A picture of Polio FC travelling to a match in the minibus. A testimonial from coach Vidal and one or two players.

  • Impact


    The perceptions of Sierra Leone public towards people with physical disabilities.

    This is demonstrated to any fan who is able to go and watch them play!


    Lack of generosity


    We'll tell people how we're getting on with fundraising, and we'll get in touch with people once to let them know we've managed to get the minibus, and once again in a year or two to let them know how the team are getting on.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,500 Minibus purchase The money needed to buy the minibus
      £200 Big Give fees Big Give fees
      £180 Faith2Share Charity adminstration and accountability fees
      £120 Diocese of Freetown Fee to support purchase and verification of minibus
  • Background


    Polio FC are based in Waterloo, but are a national team so need to travel across Sierra Leone. They even have ambition to travel around West Africa more as they grow as a club.

    Waterloo is a short drive from the capital, Freetown.


    *Polio FC players and coach

    *Aspiring Polio FC members that wouldn't be able to be supported otherwise

    *Polio FC family members

    *Thousands of villagers (from being entertained by fantastic football)

    *Sierra Leone society (from being able to relate to disabled family, friends and strangers with more respect)

    *Other people with physical disabilities (from a higher societal worth and recognition)

    *The family selling the minibus and the Sierra Leone econom

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we have a relationship with the team, we're small and nimble, we've got strong accounting and audit processes, and we're willing to help out with very low overheads!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tom Stocker

    UK ambassador for Polio Football Club (voluntary) and chief fundraiser

    Mark Oxbrow

    Director of Faith to Share, and general facilitator

    Bishop Ikunika

    Chief minibus procurement, delivery and audit officer, Sierra Leone

You know, when I see myself playing with my friends, and I see that we’re all disableds, I feel OK, I feel alright. I focused on my game and made progress little by little. Then, we tried, little by little, to get off the streets, find somewhere to rent. I’m proud to be in Polio FC

John Conteh