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Surplus RunBalmoral T Shirts are heading for Gambia - 10 December 2013

Every year RunBalmoral has a surplus of race t-shirts and we always try to find a good home for them.

We are pleased to say that the 2013 race t-shirts will be heading for The Gambia in West Africa where they will be distributed to adults and youngsters as part of an ambitious project being undertaken by Mike Woodier and a group of north east friends.

Mike is organising 'The School Run to Africa' which is a charity drive by Land Rover from Aberdeenshire to Gambia. Mike and his colleagues Charlie Shaw, Charlie Denny, Richard Sawyer, Chris Pagan and Vicky Lang are setting out on the 4,000 mile adventure in March 2014.

They'll be providing school equipment, medical supplies and three Land Rover ambulances to schools in The Gambia.

These selfless fundraisers will start from Portsmouth on a ferry to Spain, driving through Spain to a ferry bound for the north coast of Morocco. The team will drive the three ex-Army Land Rover ambulances filled with life-changing supplies through Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and finally into The Gambia.

The team are asking for donations of all kinds of stationery, exercise books for children, good quality reading books for nursery children, phonic books and equipment, simple reading books, storybooks especially about animals.

Donators are asked to be careful not to donate books which contain stories about badly behaved children as these are not received well in this culture.

Educational equipment will also be gratefully received, for example: unifix cubes and items used for counting and sorting; mega blocks and duplo; sports equipment, a variety of balls, skipping ropes etc; any medical equipment, medicines (in date), bandages, diabetic equipment, medical books, disability aids including wheelchairs, crutches etc; second hand clothing, especially for babies and children, adult clothing, headwear, shoes etc; laptops, mobile phones and second hand glasses; bedding; towels; curtains; handbags; belts; and scrap metal which can be weighed in for money.

Donating much-needed items or making a donation to the cause will help enable this area to build or upgrade nursery schools, pay teachers wages, produce visual aids for teachers and children, support the health and safety of pupils, provide suitable toilets and drinking water, ensure each child sleeps under a life saving mosquito net and build secure fencing around the nursery schools.

The team have made their own personal contribution to the cause by purchasing the Land Rovers and providing the cost of getting them to a serviceable condition. Each vehicle will receive as much work as necessary to make them 100% usable.

To donate to this cause please visit their website www.theschoolrun-uktothegambia.co.ukor Facebook page www.facebook.com/theschoolrun2014

Charlie Shaw, one of the fundraisers said: “Any donation would be greatly appreciated and we ask any organisers out there to run any fundraising events to support the cause. We would love to get the schools of Aberdeenshire involved and ask for any equipment that is no longer required to be donated.

“We can’t do this without the funding and I ask you all if you can to donate anything to make this journey a success and change the lives of those who do not have the comforts we enjoy every day.

From all of us at ‘THE SCHOOL RUN’ team, thank you.

For more information about the charity please visit: http://shineafricathegambia.org  

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