Children in Kenya kitted out thanks to The Rovers Trust

Blackburn Citizen: A sea of blue and white in Kenya A sea of blue and white in Kenya

BLACKBURN Rovers can count the youngsters of a Kenyan village among their grow- ing supporter base.

The children are now proudly wearing their Rovers shirts, hats, and scarfs, thanks to the efforts of Corporal Darren Gudgeon.

His appeal was answered by The Rovers Trust and the club, who rallied to his call and took his plea to fans, launching the ‘Kits for Kenya’ appeal. Anyone with spare items of kit was asked to take them to Ewood Park, where a special bin was sited inside the club shop.

And the youngsters received the presents when two large boxes filled with clothes were sent to Darren for him to distribute to the children. A third will follow shortly.

Blackburn Rovers’ Shirt Sponsor RFS matched the fans’ generosity by donating some further training kit.

Cpl Gudgeon, 33, a soldier based in Nair-obi helping to train the Kenyan army, said he was overwhelmed with the response.

He said: “I would like to thank the fans, the Trust and, of course, the club. The clothes they have prov-ided will bring joy to the kids, and help them understand that there is help out there.”

Simon Barnes, secretary of the Rovers Trust, co-ordinated the appeal and handled the logistics of transp-orting donated items to Kenya.

He said: “This is one of the many important initiatives the Rovers Tr-ust is successfully working on for mem- bers and the supporter base as a whole. Sometimes it doesn't take a lot of money, or effort, to show a little kindness and make a lot of difference in people’s lives.”

When Cpl Gudgeon, a Rovers Trust member with two children, arrived at the orphanage, five of the children had HIV and were in a bad way, but through various donations, their health improved.

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5:53pm Wed 1 Jan 14

charliegarth says...

What with poverty, HIV and other diseases, haven't these poor children in Kenya got enough misfortunes in life without being made to wear Blackburn Rovers football shirts as well? How humiliating for them and how wicked of the people behind this unkind venture.
What with poverty, HIV and other diseases, haven't these poor children in Kenya got enough misfortunes in life without being made to wear Blackburn Rovers football shirts as well? How humiliating for them and how wicked of the people behind this unkind venture. charliegarth

6:01pm Wed 1 Jan 14

thermio says...

charliegarth wrote:
What with poverty, HIV and other diseases, haven't these poor children in Kenya got enough misfortunes in life without being made to wear Blackburn Rovers football shirts as well? How humiliating for them and how wicked of the people behind this unkind venture.
I think it is to demonstrate to those in poor situations that things could always be worse.
[quote][p][bold]charliegarth[/bold] wrote: What with poverty, HIV and other diseases, haven't these poor children in Kenya got enough misfortunes in life without being made to wear Blackburn Rovers football shirts as well? How humiliating for them and how wicked of the people behind this unkind venture.[/p][/quote]I think it is to demonstrate to those in poor situations that things could always be worse. thermio

6:34pm Wed 1 Jan 14

shadmum says...

thermio wrote:
charliegarth wrote:
What with poverty, HIV and other diseases, haven't these poor children in Kenya got enough misfortunes in life without being made to wear Blackburn Rovers football shirts as well? How humiliating for them and how wicked of the people behind this unkind venture.
I think it is to demonstrate to those in poor situations that things could always be worse.
A serving soldier doing his bit for his boyhood club and this is the best you can do ? Well done all involved, shows that all parties can work together when heads are put together.
[quote][p][bold]thermio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charliegarth[/bold] wrote: What with poverty, HIV and other diseases, haven't these poor children in Kenya got enough misfortunes in life without being made to wear Blackburn Rovers football shirts as well? How humiliating for them and how wicked of the people behind this unkind venture.[/p][/quote]I think it is to demonstrate to those in poor situations that things could always be worse.[/p][/quote]A serving soldier doing his bit for his boyhood club and this is the best you can do ? Well done all involved, shows that all parties can work together when heads are put together. shadmum

10:43pm Wed 1 Jan 14

bubble of reason says...

Kenya tell me why they would want hats and scarfs?? Must be freezing there? Would of been better off giving them to the OAP's around Blackburn who are freezing and Advertising for Blackburn. Who is going to see BRFC in Nair-obi ..... Except Nair-obians?
Kenya tell me why they would want hats and scarfs?? Must be freezing there? Would of been better off giving them to the OAP's around Blackburn who are freezing and Advertising for Blackburn. Who is going to see BRFC in Nair-obi ..... Except Nair-obians? bubble of reason

12:59pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Stone Island: says...

shadmum wrote:
thermio wrote:
charliegarth wrote:
What with poverty, HIV and other diseases, haven't these poor children in Kenya got enough misfortunes in life without being made to wear Blackburn Rovers football shirts as well? How humiliating for them and how wicked of the people behind this unkind venture.
I think it is to demonstrate to those in poor situations that things could always be worse.
A serving soldier doing his bit for his boyhood club and this is the best you can do ? Well done all involved, shows that all parties can work together when heads are put together.
Charliegarth and Thermio should put their heads together. They could make a fence.
[quote][p][bold]shadmum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thermio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charliegarth[/bold] wrote: What with poverty, HIV and other diseases, haven't these poor children in Kenya got enough misfortunes in life without being made to wear Blackburn Rovers football shirts as well? How humiliating for them and how wicked of the people behind this unkind venture.[/p][/quote]I think it is to demonstrate to those in poor situations that things could always be worse.[/p][/quote]A serving soldier doing his bit for his boyhood club and this is the best you can do ? Well done all involved, shows that all parties can work together when heads are put together.[/p][/quote]Charliegarth and Thermio should put their heads together. They could make a fence. Stone Island:

1:05pm Thu 2 Jan 14

sibarnes66 says...

bubble of reason wrote:
Kenya tell me why they would want hats and scarfs?? Must be freezing there? Would of been better off giving them to the OAP's around Blackburn who are freezing and Advertising for Blackburn. Who is going to see BRFC in Nair-obi ..... Except Nair-obians?
There are many organisations in Blackburn that are out there supporting the elderly and frail... certainly the Infirmary and Ewood Community Groups in association with BwDC help a lot of OAPs even with just kind things like a knock on the door to say hello or a cup of tea in the community centre. Little things can go a long way.

Darren wanted to show these kids, who don;t have a local council or charities to support them, in a forgotten part of the world that there are people out there willing to spread a little joy, the Rovers Trust and the club worked together to show that people out there do care.

I'd ask everyone... what good deed did you to do today? got an elderly relative or neighbour? why not call on them and take a cup of tea or a piece of cake, and then do it again next week...
[quote][p][bold]bubble of reason[/bold] wrote: Kenya tell me why they would want hats and scarfs?? Must be freezing there? Would of been better off giving them to the OAP's around Blackburn who are freezing and Advertising for Blackburn. Who is going to see BRFC in Nair-obi ..... Except Nair-obians?[/p][/quote]There are many organisations in Blackburn that are out there supporting the elderly and frail... certainly the Infirmary and Ewood Community Groups in association with BwDC help a lot of OAPs even with just kind things like a knock on the door to say hello or a cup of tea in the community centre. Little things can go a long way. Darren wanted to show these kids, who don;t have a local council or charities to support them, in a forgotten part of the world that there are people out there willing to spread a little joy, the Rovers Trust and the club worked together to show that people out there do care. I'd ask everyone... what good deed did you to do today? got an elderly relative or neighbour? why not call on them and take a cup of tea or a piece of cake, and then do it again next week... sibarnes66

2:14pm Thu 2 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

How about selling promotional goods to supporters cheaper rather than at silly inflationary prices that not many in Blackburn can now afford. Then get the football industry to pay sensible wages to the over fortunate managers and players. An even more silly aspect of this industry is very similar to having an MP for Blackburn who does not even live here!

Like politics, football has become an over priced industry. Lucky are those who control it at the supporters expense!
How about selling promotional goods to supporters cheaper rather than at silly inflationary prices that not many in Blackburn can now afford. Then get the football industry to pay sensible wages to the over fortunate managers and players. An even more silly aspect of this industry is very similar to having an MP for Blackburn who does not even live here! Like politics, football has become an over priced industry. Lucky are those who control it at the supporters expense! blackburnwithdarwen

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