STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds is backing a new campaign designed to supply sports equipment to children in Papua New Guinea.
The appeal – ‘Kits to Kids’ – aims to collect shirts, boots and other equipment that would be discarded by teams in the UK, so that they can be sent to youngsters in rural areas of Papua New Guinea.
The appeal - which is being run in association with the Menzie Yere Foundation and Sheffield Eagles RLFC – was inspired by Papua New Guinea rugby international Menzie Yere. And now Dukinfield businessman Chris Noble – who is a director of Sheffield Eagles RLFC – is at the forefront of the appeal.
Chris has already written to a number of professional and amateur sports clubs from across the country – asking them to donate their shirts, boots and other equipment at the end of the season. And by the end of the year he hopes the appeal will have collected a container full of equipment.
On Friday (June 11, 2010) Chris and Menzie Yere took time to highlight the appeal, with Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.
Chris said: “We launched Kits to Kids last week and already we have had lots of people bringing in bits of kit and equipment to the ground – but it’s the clubs that can really help us.
“Every year a lot of clubs change their shirts and they regularly get rid of boots and shin pads, but they could be put to good use.
“This is one of the places in the world where children aren’t as lucky as they are here. But wherever you live sport brings out the best in people.
“I have already asked rugby clubs that I know to send in shirts – and in just a few days we have received more than 100.
“We are also asking clubs to send in items that we can auction on the internet to raise money for the shipping costs.”
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds was told about the project during a visit to Hanlon and Wright, in Dukinfield.
He said: “Every week vast numbers of our young people across our region play sport at school, at sports clubs, in their communities or just with their friends.
“And as adults - whether we compete, play for fun or watch it from an armchair - we know how valuable sport can be.
“This appeal recognises that sport isn’t something that can be so easily enjoyed all over the world. And I am delighted to be able to show my support for what is an extremely worthwhile campaign.
“Kits to Kids will give many more youngsters in Papua New Guinea the opportunity to play sport. And this is a great chance for the bigger clubs in the UK to support them – simply by donating items that would be replaced at the end of the season anyway.
“On the pitch there are few win-win situations – but with the support of our local clubs Kits to Kids means everyone can be a winner.”
More information about the appeal can be found at www.kits2kids.com or by writing to Kits to Kids Dept, Hanlon and Wright Ltd, Tudor House, Park Road, Dukinfield, SK16 5LX.
Published on June 11, 2010