Tuesday, 8 June 2010
CHARITIES JOIN FORCES TO BRING A TOUCH OF FOOTBALL TO KENYA
Representatives of KitAid (Derrick Williams & Sally Howe) joined RAF Shawbury based 'Taking Football to Africa and Beyond' (Squadron Leader Neil Hope and Senior Aircraftsmen Ben Burton), Mark Robson of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Dave Queen from Thomas Adams School in Wem to make football shirt deliveries in Kenya.
The first delivery was at the Kibagare Good News Centre in Nairobi, which sits in a slum township with no running water, sewerage or electricity. The centre houses St Martins Nursery and Primary school and also a girls Secondary School. The centre is run by Sister Leah Wambui Kimani who works tirelessly to support children mainly from Kibagare slums. The children are taught and fed, twice a day, at the school at a cost of 500 Kenyan schillings per term, which is effectively £4 each. The 500 primary and 185 secondary children also have access to medical help as the centre houses a small chemist dispensary and lab.
Many of the kits donated on the day were Newcastle shirts left by fans at St James Park in memory of Sir Bobby Robson.
"It was a fantastic sight to see so many children wearing the black and white stripes and enjoying their football," said Mark.