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Villa Shirts For Ghana

Do you have some spare or old football shirts? Why not put them to good use then?!?!

In January I returned to Ireland, having spent five months doing voluntary work in an orphanage/Leprosarium in Ghana. I brought with me my collection of Villa jerseys with the intention of distributing them to the children there.

I've posted a couple of pictures of the guys in the jerseys. The place is called Ahotokurom and is being run by Sister Pat and Sister Monica, 2 Irish nuns. It began as a safe place for leprosy sufferers to get help and treatment, but eventually an orphanage was built for the children of the sufferers who had nowhere to go. There is also a Special School for young and old. They have a website at Click Here



Pictured from Left to Right are: Me, Patrick Tetteh, Kojo Patrick (In Wheelchair), Christine (Volunteer), Richard Tetteh, Baby Cojo, Kweku Thomas, Solomon Nelson, Kobe.

Some of those pictured are very unwell, in particular Kojo Patrick (Muscular Dystrophy) and Kweku Thomas (Severe mental and physical disorder).

Following a successful appeal for my own team, Villa, JF has agreed to spread the net wider across the Vital network, but us Villans don't want to be beaten by other clubs do we?!



I've lost my jersey collection, but I think it was definitely worth it.

With the help of J at Vital Villa, we have organised that these pictures appear in the Villa matchday programme, perhaps with a small plea for more jerseys to be sent to the country. We are aiming to get all the shirts sent over before November. Nothing is given out in the orphanage until Christmas when Papa Obruni visits(Father Christmas: Papa White person). Anything before then from anybody would be greatly appreciated.

If you want to donate a jersey or two, email me at bernardlillis@gmail.com and I'll give you the UK address where to send them.

If you know anyone else who might be willing to help, then please feel free to send them the details and if any of the clubs are reading this, your help would also be appreciated.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 13 2008

Time: 1:37PM

Your Comments

Let's get behind this appeal. Speak to your mates and see what you can scrounge. Anyone prepared to make a donation as part of the appeal. I'll match the first 50 donated, bringing the total up to atleast 100 which could go to buy them supplies and food etc.
villacross
I'm willing to part with my 'Saunders 9' Muller shirt...and 'Solano 11' Rover.
olafthegreat
olafthegreat - excellent gesture but why don't you auction them on ebay. They should fetch quite a bit and the money might be more useful than the shirts to the poor kids out there.
villacross
Definitely a very worthwhile cause, Bernard is desrving of applause for his concern and efforts. Its good to read, it makes you aware that there's still plenty of heart and soul out there in the big wide world. Its not all bad, as all too often the news media would have us believe.
glensider
How did you first get involved in these efforts Bernard? You've no doubt got quite a story to tell, and it would make an interesting read.
glensider
 

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