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Do you have some spare or old football shirts?

Why not put them to good use then?!?!

This appeal appeared on the Vital Villa board recently and I think it would be a good cause for us to be involved with

In January I returned to Ireland, having spent five months doing voluntary work in an orphanage/Leprosarium in Ghana. I brought with me my collection of Villa jerseys with the intention of distributing them to the children there.

I've posted a couple of pictures of the guys in the jerseys. The place is called Ahotokurom and is being run by Sister Pat and Sister Monica, 2 Irish nuns. It began as a safe place for leprosy sufferers to get help and treatment, but eventually an orphanage was built for the children of the sufferers who had nowhere to go. There is also a Special School for young and old. They have a website at Click Here

Pictured from Left to Right are: Me, Patrick Tetteh, Kojo Patrick (In Wheelchair), Christine (Volunteer), Richard Tetteh, Baby Cojo, Kweku Thomas, Solomon Nelson, Kobe.

Some of those pictured are very unwell, in particular Kojo Patrick (Muscular Dystrophy) and Kweku Thomas (Severe mental and physical disorder).

Following a successful appeal for my own team, Villa, I thought why not spread the word further and allow fans of other clubs to spread their team colours in Ghana and help out those in greater need?

I've lost my jersey collection, but I think it was definitely worth it.

With the help of J at Vital Villa, we have organised that these pictures appear in the Villa matchday programme, perhaps with a small plea for more jerseys to be sent to the country. We are aiming to get all the shirts sent over before November. Nothing is given out in the orphanage until Christmas when Papa Obruni visits(Father Christmas: Papa White person). Anything before then from anybody would be greatly appreciated.

If you want to donate a jersey or two, email me at bernardlillis@gmail.com and I'll give you the UK address where to send them.

If you know anyone else who might be willing to help, then please feel free to send them the details and if any of the clubs are reading this, your help would also be appreciated.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 13 2008

Time: 2:10PM

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This is a very good appeal and a good way of getting rid of all those old tops in your wardrobe at the same time...if anyone wants to donate please contact me and I will co-ordinate the collection
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13/08/2008 14:16:00

I think it is a great appeal. We did this same thing last year oddly enough - will try to get hold of some more again this year if possible. To everyone else; that old 'tics shirt you have, if you are never going to wear it, please, give it someone that will.
Bryan plumb
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13/08/2008 19:21:00

Not sure about the religious connection.
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13/08/2008 20:43:00

Until you mentioned it wotcha I hadnt noticed...its the kids that matter
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13/08/2008 21:15:00

True, it is.
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13/08/2008 21:21:00

Do they have to be EPL jersey? I have a heap of NRL, Cricket and other various jerseys
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13/08/2008 22:41:00

Dont thinks so Sprayz...Im going to look into this and will get back to you
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13/08/2008 22:47:00

I've an old shirt to chuck in as well will the collection details be posted on here?
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14/08/2008 09:54:00

Yes they will...maybe I will organise something for next week or even the Chelsea game
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14/08/2008 11:22:00

yeah, I'm not religious, but don't think that is the point at all!
The Fear
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14/08/2008 16:28:00


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