Feb 4, 2010, 2:25 PM
The founders of Afrikit has confirmed to the Point that the Organisation will continue sending its football shirts and other kits to the Gambia and are working closely with another charity called Football Gambia to that effect. Few days ago, Afrikit told Sky Sports News that they are collecting shirts including those of striker Fernando Torres who recently left Liverpool for
Later in a communiqué to this correspondent, Andrew Trott, Co-founder of Afrikit confirmed that the Organisation ‘have superb links in and around Gambia and already done fantastic work out there using football as it’s key feature’. Andrew further stressed that ‘with the help of Football
Explaining the reason behind his involvement with Afrikit and
According to Afrikit, every year football clubs will introduce a new kit for the start of the new season and that ‘out of the 20 clubs that participate in the English Premier League, 18 of them have had a new home kit each season for the last 3 years’. Therefore Afrikit, said it want to give such football shirts and kits ‘new life by sending them to some of the poorest parts of Africa in order to spread the joy of football, and for them to feel the buzz that we do when we put a football shirt on’.
Afrikit also rightly believes that such assistance could ‘provide fun; galvanise communities and help educate’ adding that people can donate ‘regardless of age, size or quality including replica shirts, Intramural and Sunday League kits, and everything in-between’.
Another founding member, Ian Stapleton, speaking to this correspondent also appreciates the interest of the Point newspaper in the project. Expressing great passion about
Ian also has other big ambitions outside football including ‘creating bore-holes’ to help Gambian farmers. He said some work was done in Marakisa with the
The Afrikit Charity run by about five students, based at the