Saturday, September 7, 2013
A STUDENT has arranged for unwanted football kit to be donated to Africa.
Tom Davies, 19, of High Street, Hail Weston, was galvanised into action after volunteering for a trip to Ghana in June. During his three-week stay in Kumasi, Tom worked for the charity Thrive Africa on a development project.
When he returned home, he wanted to make even more of a difference to the community.
He added: “The kids had nothing – some of the orphans had been left since birth and some didn’t have much longer to live.”
It was when St Neots Town Football Club Manager Iain Parr was tiling the bathroom of Tom’s family home that he first got the idea for his project.
Mr Parr mentioned that the club had a great deal of spare kit and Tom set about organising the donation. St Neots Town Football Club and St Neots Town Youth and Saints donated between 70 and 90 kits including full adult kits and youth kits. Tom will also donate some of his old clothes.
He hopes that it will be a great surprise when the charity distributes the kit among the “football mad” orphans and local teams.
On Monday (September 9), DX Freight will collect the old kit free of charge and transport it to Thrive Africa’s warehouse in Exeter. The kit will then travel more than 4,000 miles to Kumasi.