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Friday, October 30, 2020

KITAID COMES TO THE GAMBIA

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The charity has appointed George Gomez, a former senior Gambia National Olympics Committee official and now Co- director of Camp Africa, as their representative in The Gambia and Senegal.

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Contacted about this development, Mr Gomez said he is delighted to serve the interest of Kit Aid in these two countries which is to share the passion to change the lives of under privileged children and adults with a passion for football.

Asked how soon works will start in The Gambia, Mr Gomez disclosed that for a start, KitAid is sending a huge quantity of football kits for schools and clubs in The Gambia and Senegal. The items, estimated to be around 50 complete football jerseys, are being shipped under the ambit of Camp Africa which will supervise the distribution in consultation with other authorities.

“We shall work with the education authorities and their regional officers to identify  needy schools as well as  regional governors to indentify  needy football clubs at grassroots level,” Gomez  said.

He added that five Gambian schools and some Senegalese colleges who are currently under the Camp Africa programme will also benefit.

‘The idea is to distribute the items as widely as possible in The Gambia and parts of Senegal. Hopefully if we do as advised by Kit Aid. Many more kits will be coming every now and again and,’ he concluded. Finding a home for your unwanted football kit in Africa and beyond 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 wearing his favourite football shirt (Watford, Chesham Utd, Liverpool FC to name a few).

After two weeks in Tanzania, a flame was lit in Derrick’s heart and he set on a mission to provide kit and equipment to the bare-footed children playing with footballs made of tied string and plastic bags. Fifteen years on, KitAid has Graham Taylor OBE as its Patron, lots of volunteers and to date they have sent out 200,000 kits to children and adults in 40 different countries across the World.

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