Overseas Bolton fan Danny Thomas recently travelled to Arusha, Tanzania to donate football shirts as part of Bolton Wanderers Football Club’s Kits for Kids campaign.
Danny (pictured below), aged 30, from Leigh, currently lives and works in Dubai as a PE teacher and took the journey to Tanzania last week to donate football shirts donated by Bolton supporters over the past months.
He has also been supported in his campaign by Paul Barnes, a Bolton fan who is based in Tanzania, who read his article in the matchday programme and got in touch to help coordinate matters on the ground.
After arriving in Tanzania, Danny decided to distribute the kit between two sites, firstly to the Shamba Kipara Camp, Usa River where kit will be given to orphaned children.
He then visited the local township of Kiranyi, where kit was given to children in the church and school parish, who have just established a football team in the local community and are looking to play regular fixtures in order to encourage promoting a more healthy and active life.
Speaking about the initiative meanwhile, he said: “First of all, I would like to thank all the BWFC supporters for their kind generosity and for donating all the kit.
“In total we received around 150 football shirts, and we were extremely grateful for them.
“These shirts will definitely go a long way to benefiting the lives of the people we encountered - having seen the reaction on some of the children’s faces when receiving them, they were overjoyed and we have put these unwanted kits to good use which is a great thing for us all to do.
“Additionally, we now have a mini army of BWFC fans wearing their shirts and supporting the one and only Wanderers!”