Appeal for unwanted football shirts to help underprivileged people in Africa

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has renewed his appeal for football shirts
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has renewed his appeal for football shirts

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has renewed his appeal for football shirts to be sent to underprivileged people in Africa.

Mr Pawsey has been collecting football shirts for Project Umubano, a Conservative Party social action project, in the African country of Rwanda.

Over the past five years the people of Rugby have demonstrated their ‘incredible kindness’ by donating hundreds of shirts.

Mr Pawsey has renewed his calls for donations and is hoping that with players constantly moving between clubs, and with club’s regularly releasing new shirts that, the people of Rugby will be generous with their old or unwanted shirts.

He said: “I have visited Rwanda on two occasions in recent years and have seen first-hand the great work being done through Project Umubano. My hope is that there will be many people in Rugby who have old football shirts that they no longer need and are willing to let go of.

“For those fans who have fallen out of love with former idols who have moved on to other clubs or who have out of date shirts which no longer mean a great deal to them I would ask them to, please, donate them to the children of Rwanda where they will find a good home. Every shirt which is donated will be greatly appreciated and you never know perhaps if we get enough local team shirts sent over we might be providing the foundation for some increased international support for one of our great local teams!”

He added: “You really do have to see it to believe how incredibly football-mad the people of Rwanda are. Their passion for the game is so similar to our own and all they lack is the basic equipment and kit which I hope the people of Rugby will be kind enough to donate to them.”

Call Mr Pawsey’s office on (01788) 579499 or email mark.pawsey.mp@parliament.uk to get involved.