Foot­ball shirts sent to Africa

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

NEEDY chil­dren and fam­i­lies in some of the poor­est ar­eas in South Africa have been given dozens of foot­ball shirts by city res­i­dents.

City folk do­nated a to­tal of 79 shirts to a spe­cial ‘Dig Out, Drop Off, Do­nate’ amnesty run by petrol com­pany Jet.

The shirts col­lected at Wood­grange Ser­vice Sta­tion, Lin­coln Road, Peter­bor­ough, will now be pack­aged up and sent to South Africa to be dis­trib­uted to chil­dren and adults through a net­work of vol­un­teers and projects run by char­ity Vol­un­tary Ser­vice Over­seas (VSO).

Michael O’Con­nor, fore­court man­ager, said: “We have been so im­pressed by the gen­eros­ity of our cus­tomers in sup­port­ing this very wor­thy ini­tia­tive.

“The do­nated shirts are a real mix of sizes and teams, which is great as we know that ev­ery sin­gle one will be grate­fully re­ceived when they reach their end des­ti­na­tion in South Africa.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see our own lo­cal com­mu­nity get be­hind an ini­tia­tive that will make a real dif­fer­ence to other lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties thou­sands of miles away.”

VSO is a lead­ing char­ity that works through vol­un­teers to fight poverty in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

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