De­fender Ryan’s kind gift of kit

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Mur­ray Spooner

Chil­dren in some of the poor­est parts of Africa will soon be wear­ing the black and white hoops of Ruther­glen Glen­cairn.

Glens de­fender Ryan Docherty and his part­ner have been col­lect­ing old foot­ball strips, track suits and train­ing gear to take over to Uganda in Septem­ber.

A re­cent trip to sev­eral African towns in­clud­ing Kam­pala, in­spired them to help those less for­tu­nate.

The kind- hearted cou­ple, who both have raised money for char­ity in the past in­clud­ing Ryan’s Iron­man triathlon challenge last year, put out a plea for old foot­ball strips and were over­whelmed with the re­sponse.

And while speak­ing to com­mit­tee mem­bers at Glen­cairn, Ryan was de­lighted to get the club’s sup­port as they do­nated sev­eral strips and train­ing gear from over the years.

The 30-year-old said: “We just de­cided to go over and help. My part­ner was over there re­cently and you could tell it re­ally af­fected her.

“The strips will go to the kids who don’t have any­thing and are mad for foot­ball. They’ll go to un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­nity teams in Kam­pala in Septem­ber.

“It is amaz­ing to think you’ll see them in the club’s kit so we’ll try to take some pho­tos. Glen­cairn gave us strips, track­suits and train­ing kits so it’s great to think you could give a team over there a good start and they’ll have the full lot.”

Ryan is yet un­de­cided on whether he will be mak­ing the trip with his part­ner to Kam­pala later this year as it will be dur­ing the start of the foot­ball sea­son.

The de­fender re­vealed he is still to talk over his plans with gaffer Wil­lie Har­vey.

How­ever, Ryan is still in the process of col­lect­ing strips and foot­ball boots for the trip and would ap­pre­ci­ate any help from the pub­lic.

“We just put a shout out on­line and we were over­whelmed with the re­sponse,” he said.

“I’m go­ing to ask the boys at the club at the end of the sea­son for old foot­ball boots and col­lect the ones they aren’t us­ing.”

Ryan raised over £2,500 for char­ity af­ter swim­ming, cy­cling and run­ning more than 124 miles in just one day. He com­pleted the gru­elling Iron­man triathlon in Mal­lorca last Septem­ber in an im­pres­sive 14 hours, 32 min­utes and 43 sec­onds.

He has also raised money for the Bri­tish Heart foun­da­tion and home­less char­i­ties.

To do­nate any un­wanted foot­ball strips, train­ing kits and boots, email Ryan at ryan­doc14@gmail.com.

Glens in Kam­pala The club have do­nated sev­eral strips in­clud­ing this one pic­tured

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