A MACKEM thespian raised on Wearside is taking the red-and-white stripes of his beloved Sunderland AFC around the globe for a charity challenge.
Actor Beruce Khan, 29, has raised more than £1,000 for the club’s Foundation of Light charity after posting photos of himself wearing a Black Cats strip in all of the 64 countries he has visited as part of the Globe Theatre’s Globe to Globe Hamlet tour.
Beruce, of High Barnes, has posted images from his travels, including snaps from Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Portugal, Poland, the West Indies and even Cairo in Egypt on his Twitter account @BeruceKhan.
The exposure has seen him hit his initial fund-raising target in just eight months.
The tour Beruce is performing in sees Shakespeare’s Hamlet acted in every country in the world over a two-year schedule.
Globe Theatre recently received Unesco patronage in recognition of the tour’s engagement with local communities and promotion of cultural education.
RADA-trained Beruce told the Echo: “I felt so lucky to have been given the opportunity to take part in the fantastic Globe to Globe Hamlet tour I wanted to do something to give others the opportunity to do something life-changing too.
“Being a Sunderland fan I knew about how the Foundation provides opportunities for everyone to improve their lives so it was a natural fit.”
Foundation of Light maintains financial independence, meaning it needs to raise more than £3million every year to continue its work with thousands of North East families through sport and education programmes.
The foundation’s head of commercial, Phil King, added: “Beruce’s fund-raising campaign has been fantastic – we always look forward to seeing where he’ll turn up next in Sunderland’s famous red and white stripes.
“We really applaud his efforts to use his global journey to take care of people back in his native North East and he’s a real inspiration as a self-motivated fund-raiser.”
After surpassing his original £1,000 target with 18 months of the tour remaining, Beruce has committed to continuing his fund-raising efforts and hopes to double his original target.
Beruce added: “I’ve been delighted and humbled by the generosity of people and now want to raise as much money as I can to support the foundation.
“I’m having a lot of fun taking my beloved shirt around the world and knowing that it’s doing a lot of good back home is very heart-warming, especially when I’m so far away.”
•To donate towards Beruce’s fund-raising, go to www.justgiving.com/Beruce-Khan.