Sports kit leaves Falmouth bound for Orphanage

by tocle on July 15th, 2014 - Comments Off

Sports kit leaves Falmouth bound for Orphanage

The second shipment to All as One Orphanage in Sierra Leone is on its way onboard Belt Shipmanagement’s vessel Gypsum Integrity.

A&P Falmouth yard has been collecting sports equipment for several weeks culminating in loading on the vessel in the early hours of 1 July.

Penny Phillips, Executive Assistant at A&P Falmouth, who has co-ordinated the shipment said, “we were told that the kids have no sports equipment and this was needed to ensure they keep fit and stay healthy, so the pressure was on to get everything together by the sailing date.  We were also told that the kids would love anything to do with the England Football Team, and as we know, as fate would have it, England were knocked out early in the competition meaning the England kit tumbled in price and we were able to buy a load at half price”.

The local community, local football teams, a sports shop and A&P employees showed their generosity once more and among the items sent out were football strips; an exercise machine, footballs, rugby balls, tennis rackets, badminton rackets, table tennis rackets, a pool table, exercise mats and baseball and cricket equipment.

The photo shows one of the crew of Gypsum Integrity trying out a bike that was also donated, with the donations piled up behind him in the forecastle of the ship.

The first shipment from A&P Falmouth to the All as One Orphanage in Sierra Leone was a container full of toys, which was taken out in November 2013 onboard CSL Argosy, a sister ship to Gypsum Integrity.