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Lose your shirt to footie charity

WORLD Cup fever is on the horizon and two local pubs have joined a campaign to send unwanted football strips to South Africa.

WORLD Cup fever is on the horizon and two local pubs have joined a campaign to send unwanted football strips to South Africa.

The Clock Hotel, in Bickenhill, and Saracen’s Head, Shirley, have launched a shirt amnesty, and want to help some of the country’s poorest youngsters.

Footie fans are urged to bring in their unwanted shirts, especially children’s ones, to the hostelries.

These will be flown out to Johannesburg and Cape Town, and given to disadvantaged children.

The popular watering holes will also be fund raising to build a new sports ground at the Ukhanyo School, in Masiphumelele.

Deborah and Gary Hutchins, who run The Clock, said: “What better way to raise funds for our latest charity drive than through our biggest passion.

“Knowing how much our customers love their football, we’re sure there’s going to be no shortage of old shirts coming out of the closet for the shirt amnesty.”

Tracy Maitland, manager of the Saracens Head, is hopeful that punters will get behind the campaign.

Project Fair Play, as the campaign has been christened, also hopes to give African youngsters the chance to have a kick-around with a real ball. Specially-made leather balls, for African terrain, are also being flown out to the country.

This year’s World Cup will kick-off on June 11.

 

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