FOOTBALL: Pubs' amnesty for shirts

Dorset Echo: AMNESTY: Nick McKernan from the Spyglass Inn, left, with Old Rooms’ deputy manager Lee Thompstone AMNESTY: Nick McKernan from the Spyglass Inn, left, with Old Rooms’ deputy manager Lee Thompstone

TWO Weymouth pubs are taking part in Project Fair Play’s World Cup Shirt Amnesty.

Fans are being asked to dig out their unwanted football shirts (especially children’s ones) to donate.

The old strips will be taken directly to disadvantaged youngsters living in Brazil’s favelas (or slums), where they will be worn with pride as they excitedly watch the World Cup.

Beneficiary projects include those in Parada de Lucas, Santa Teresa and Rocinha favelas.

A British project will benefit too as some of the shirts will also be recycled for cash, raising funds for the Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) thewfa.org.

uk Anyone wishing to support the campaign can drop off their shirts to either the Old Rooms Inn (Cove Row) or the Spyglass Inn (Bowleaze Coveway) any time before April 15.

‘Project Fair Play’ initially launched four years ago when 20,000 football shirts were collected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The shirts were distributed to townships throughout Johannes-burg and Cape Town.

The volume of shirts donated was so great – the total shirt collection weighed the equivalent of 68 Steven Gerrards.

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