Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wednesday Shirts for Rwanda


You may remember last year we collected old Wednesday shirts of behalf of Owls fan Mark Lomas and we collected 71 shirts for him to take on his trip to Goa, for distribution to locals there.

Well we have recently being contacted by another Owls fan, and Wednesdayite member, Paul Freer to do the same again for his trip to Rwanda in April of this year.  Paul intends to go out and take as many Owls shirts as possible with him. We will therefore we collecting shirts at the Owls v Carlisle United game at Hillsborough on the 21st April 2012.


Paul takes up the story…"Last year I became involved with some charitable projects in Rwanda and visited the country twice. Volunteers collected enough items to fill a 40ft container which was sent. These items were distributed to a number of projects, including the one I have taken particular interest in, Le's enfants de dieu. This centre accomodates over 120 'street boys' aged from 4 to 18. They were homeless and on the streets due to various causes, including orphans, runaways and children not wanted by their families.

They are all there voluntary and can leave at their own will. Rafiki, the 'manager' and the staff do a magnificent job on very limited resources. Boys take it in turn to get up at 4.00am to get the cooking fires going to make the breakfast porridge. All the boys receive education, either at local schools, which has to be paid for, or in one of the 3 classrooms at the centre. I was able to put mosquito netting at the windows last time I was there. The boys generally have to sleep 2 to a single bed, but we are trying to raise money to buy more beds and mattresses.

Anyway. I would love to see the boys in the blue and white shirts of our heroes. They seem to only have heard of teams from London, Manchester and Merseyside. I want to expand their knowledge and show them where the true passion of football lies. The boys have to make do with old clothing, except for their school uniforms. Wouldn't it be great to see them walking and riding in the locality wearing the Owls kit. Please help if you can and let me have any old Wednesday shirts to take with me when I go in April. And remember, when you have nothing, anything is better."



Paul is travelling to Rwanda in late April, so if you would like to donate a shirt (or more) please bring them along to the Wednesdayite Car Park or Lounge on Saturday 21st April at the Carlisle United game and we will make sure Paul has them in time for his journey. Alternatively we are happy to collect them on the Wednesdayite coaches to Huddersfield or Colchester.

Thank you in advance – and please tell your friends!