Football kit and equipment from Wearside is being sent thousands of miles away to help disadvantaged youngsters lead better lives.
Youngsters from Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light’s Kicks programme have passed on a consignment of donated items to the Nos Kaza initiative which helps at-risk and vulnerable youngsters aged six to 15 who are living on the streets of Cape Verde, off the north west coast of Africa.
Young people often don’t get the credit that they deserve but we know that there are plenty out there who, when given the chance, can do something fantastic.Foundation of Light Kicks co-ordinator Ian Corner
A total of 22 large holdalls containing over 1,500 items of kit are being shipped with the support of logistics company TNT.
Other items donated include sports equipment, educational materials, casual clothing and toiletries.
Having being given the chance to get involved in activities across the North East through the Kicks programme, the group of Sunderland youngsters were inspired to give something back and improve the lives of others in less fortunate situations than themselves.
The campaign to collect the items, as well as organising the logistics of shipping, has also been co-ordinated by the group which includes volunteers Jordan Curry and Georgia McNally.
Foundation of Light Kicks co-ordinator Ian Corner said: “I think that work that Georgia and Jordan have put in to get this appeal off the ground is fantastic and the results speak for themselves.
“Young people often don’t get the credit that they deserve but we know that there are plenty out there who, when given the chance, can do something fantastic.”
“We’d also like to say a big thanks to Ian Calder at TNT and Bryn Ward at UK Customs Solutions whose support has made this shipment possible.
“It’s not that easy sending all of these items to Cape Verde but they’ve really stepped up to make our vision a reality.”
Supported with funding from the Premier League, Kicks offers youngsters aged 13 to 19 the opportunity to get involved in positive activities including sports, workshops with organisations such as the RNLI and the police.