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Softball match to help disabled in Busan

June 8, 2011 - 18:38 By Kirsty Taylor
A softball match is to be held to raise money for disabled and disadvantaged kids in Busan.

The annual event has raised more than 10 million won ($9,250) so far and organizers hope to raise around 1.5 million won with the 8th tournament on June 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A softball team from a previous match (Michael Spiller)

Around 100 people have taken part in previous years’ events, with the contest becoming so popular that organizers are trying to hold a second contest on June 18, with playing slots available from 1 p.m. until dark.

Players should make a donation of 20,000 won to take part in the contest, with a group discount available for larger teams.

All cash raised goes to the Shin-Ae Rehabilitation Center and Orphanage in the city.

The center offers dorms, workshops, a chapel, classrooms and even a soap-making shop for use by disadvantaged kids. It also helps to teach disabled and handicapped children life and social skills.

The center also has a printing press, where students can make their own newspaper to help raise funds for the center.

Softball tournament organizer Michael Spiller, who is an English teacher in Busan, said: “It’s always a lot of fun and we get a great turn out to raise a lot of money for people who do great work.”

Those interested in signing up either as a single player, a group or a whole team can email for more information. They should include their location, number of players, availability as well baseball and softball experience in the email. They should also say whether or not they have a baseball glove they will be bringing to the event.