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28 March 2014

Hands At Work charity looking for Town supporters to donate old kit for a village in Zambia

It’s been a few years since Town fans last dug deep into the back of their wardrobes for old kit but now Christian charity ‘Hands at Work’ is after your unwanted shirts and shorts to take to orphans and their carer’s in a village in Zambia.

Town have agreed to stage the collection in the official Club shop, Planet Blue, and have also kindly donated some junior white shirts from the 2012/13 season.

You can find the collection bin inside Planet Blue and staff will be on hand to help you donate kit, so you can free up some wardrobe space by dropping in any of your old Town strips at the Nottingham Forest and Doncaster game, or if you pop in during the week for tickets or merchandise.

Hands at Work is after any football shirts and shorts but particularly any old Town kit- as a Norwich-supporting colleague has previously taken out some yellow and green strips.

Ken Donaldson from Hands at Work told us a little about the village of Chilabula and life there:

“Beatrice is nine but looks like a five-year-old. She has had the HIV virus from birth. She lives with her aunt in a remote village in the north of Zambia. Through a charity called Hands At Work, a group of us visit this village every year to support and love the many orphaned kids, like Beatrice, who live here.

“Ten per cent of Zambia's population are orphans and many of them have inherited HIV or AIDS. Hands at Work has local carers, often uncles, aunts, mainly grandparents but even older brothers and sisters, who look after the orphans. We support 50 orphans in this community, ensuring they at least have one meal a day, healthcare and education.

“However, the kids and the carers seem to enjoy more the fact that people from so far away love them and are prepared to give up their own holiday time and spend money on being with them every year.

“They welcome us on a personal level and we know them by name. The kids and their carers look forward to the fun and companionship we bring them and that includes football. However, a couple of years ago a colleague of ours went out there and took footy shirts from... that lot up the road!

"Hence we’re trying to redress the balance, as well as take them something they will really use and enjoy. Football is always played with bare feet out there and they love the game. Zambia, of course, became the African Nations Cup holders just a couple of years ago.

“Will you help us this year as we continue to reach out to the poorest of the poor in Africa? This is an amazing way for you to bring some happiness to orphaned children and their carer’s in Zambia as we continue to offer love and hope.”

If you want to know more about the sponsorship of orphans like Beatrice and how you can improve her life contactken@uk.handsatwork.orgor Thank you.

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