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Can you dig out an old football top for Africa? Football4Africa at Scottish Conference

7 March 2014

Everyone attending the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Perth later this month has been asked by Shadow Secretary of State, Jim Murphy, to bring along a football top for Africa. Football4Africa collect old football kits – of any size – and send them to countries like Uganda, Malawi and Burkina Faso to those who’ll wear them with pride. The charity uses football to raise awareness and funds for the children of Africa. Whilst their parent charity, Abaana, meets their practical needs, Football4Africa want to give the kids something fun as well – and the chance to do something that many Scottish children might take for granted (although at current prices that’s becoming harder).

There are two ways you can donate your top at Conference. The Scottish Labour Party will be collecting shirts at the information desk in the conference centre. Alternatively bring it along to our Labour Campaign for International Development fringe event at 12:30pm on Friday 21st in Norie – Miller Studio B.

Please help if you can, and then maybe your favourite old shirt, could become someone else’s favourite new one. If you think you will be able to bring a top please email me at footballforafrica14@gmail.com That way we can keep track of which teams we still need to collect. Even if you’re not going to the Conference you could give your top to someone who is so that they can bring it along for you. I look forward to seeing you and your football strip at conference.

Jim explains in his video which you can access here (and also demonstrates some fine footwork)

“Every football fan has got a favourite football strip. That kit your team wore on the special day when they won the Cup, or the first game you went to, the season you went up or the first year you had a season ticket. I’ve got more football tops than I’d care to admit – Athletic Bilbao, Kaizer Chiefs, Brazil, Scotland, South Africa, for some reason Motherwell and Middlesbrough. I also have a couple belonging to a team from the East End of Glasgow! Some of them are special, many of them aren’t, but most of them are just lying around the house doing nothing. That’s where Football4Africa comes in. They I don’t know about you, but I really like the idea of putting my old football shirts to some use, and with any luck helping to create little supporters clubs in Africa. You might even want to donate the shirt of your local Junior team. That’s why this year at Scottish Labour Conference I want to see if we can get a football top of every senior team in Scotland which we could then send to the charity in Africa. I’ll be bringing one of my old tops and it would be great if you could bring yours too.

Please help if you can, and then maybe your favourite old shirt, could become someone else’s favourite new one. If you think you will be able to bring a top please email me at footballforafrica14@gmail.com That way we can keep track of which teams we still need to collect. Even if you’re not going to the Conference you could give your top to someone who is so that they can bring it along for you. I look forward to seeing you and your football strip at conference.”

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