Everton Help Spread Hope Around The GlobeTuesday 21 August 2012
Everton in the Community has made a donation to help some of the world’s most underprivileged children.
Over 100 of the Blues’ unused junior home shirts and training kit from last season have been donated to Liverpool Hope University’s charity, Global Hope, and will be taken to some of the poorest areas in the world by students who volunteer for the charity.
In September, a team of students and staff led by Professor Bill Chambers, Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, will travel with a number of the shirts and other supplies to Uganda to teach in an orphanage for children whose parents have died from AIDS.
Liverpool Hope University’s award-winning overseas charity support a range of educational communities and every year groups of students travel to locations as diverse as India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa, Brazil, Romania and Uganda.
Global Hope offers students the opportunity to volunteer in developing countries around the world as part of a Service and Leadership Award and are required to raise their own funds to make the trip.
Professor Bill Chambers, Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, said: “Our team of three students and three staff is looking forward to working with the children and staff from the YES Aids Orphanage, in Fort Portal, Uganda. We would like to thank Everton in the Community for this kind donation of shirts, which I am sure the children will really appreciate.
“In addition, our team including, Kate Lord who carried the Olympic Torch through Chesterfield, will be running a programme of sports days in a country wildly celebrating its first ever Olympic Gold Medal won by Ugandan Marathon runner Stephen Kiprotich.”
Everton in the Community made the donation as part of its Everton Giving programme, which sees the charity support over 1,500 other charities and good causes each year.
Speaking about the donation, Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale, said: “We are really pleased to be able to make this donation and spread the Everton name to new shores.
“Global Hope is a fantastic charity which not only helps extremely disadvantaged children, but offers young people exciting and life-changing opportunities to give something back.”
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