A Brechin woman is appealing for donations of football boots and football strips which she can pass on to children in Kenya.
Linda Mackie recently travelled to Kenya with a group from Methlick, to visit a number of orphanages and and children’s homes in Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyeri and Ruiru, all run by the New Life Home Trust.
Linda said: “The purpose of the trip was to witness for ourselves what was being done in these impoverished areas and to try and create a link through which we could support the work being done.
“On the trip we visited an amazing school called the New Life Academy, run by its founders and directors, Peter and Anne Chege, which is located in a very poor area of Ruiru.
“It provides pre-school and primary education, school uniform and meals for 120 children from a variety of backgrounds.
“The school offers high quality education and charges very reasonable school fees while encouraging parents and carers to share in the cost and thereby maintain some responsibility for the children’s education.
“The Kenyans are extremely conscious of the importance of education as it can enable children and families to live better lives.
“One thing they take very seriously in Kenya is football.
“A large area of the school grounds is a large dusty football pitch which is used daily, but unfortunately the children have no football kit.
“I wonder whether any readers have children or family members who might have grown out of their football boots or shirts and would be happy to pass these on to children who would be delighted to wear them.”
If you can help in any way or would like more information on what is involved contact Linda Mackie on Brechin (01356) 626011 or visit the New Life Home Trust website at www.newlifehometrust.org