Burnham FC and Wycombe Wanderers Women donate football kits to KitAid charity
Burnham Football Club and Wycombe Wanderers Women FC got together this week for a bit of a charity clear out. Representatives from both clubs went through some archived boxes and donated 3 football kits each to KitAid. A charity who will distribute these kits to football teams across Africa.
Charity Coordinator Keith Hildreth explains:
We had some spare luggage capacity and took a couple of old football kits in our case with us on a previous trip. When we handed them out to the players their faces lit up. They’d never had a proper football kit before and to have a kit so they could all look the same just meant so much to them. It was just amazing.
Wycombe Wanderers Women U23’s player Emma (Deano) Dean and her spouse Ellen approached Michele Skivington and Michelle Butler with the idea at Burnham Football Club, where the ladies train and play their home matches. Together they arranged a collection and Keith arrived at The 1878 Stadium on Friday 24th November, just before a handover of a number of kits at the charities main collection point. In September the charity celebrated 1 million pieces of kit which had been distributed across Africa.
About Kit Aid (Source – Kit Aid Website)
KitAid is a charity set up by, Derrick Williams MBE, who visited Tanzania on a WaterAid supporters’ trip in 1998. Derrick, being a mad footie fan, was amazed at the reception he received from children and adults in remote villages just because he was wearing one of his favourite football shirts (he follows Watford, Liverpool and Chesham Utd).
After two weeks in Tanzania, a flame was lit in Derrick’s heart and he was on a mission to provide kit and equipment to the bare-footed children playing with footballs made of tied string and plastic bags. Twenty one years on, KitAid has lots of volunteers and to date we’ve sent out 999,000+ kits to children and adults in 55 different countries across the world.