Seven years after sending its first batch of rugby kit, SOS IRB Kit Aid made its 100th delivery last weekend, to the African country of Swaziland.
The delivery to Africa was the rugby charity's first outside of Eastern Europe since John Broadfoot set it up to help Romania and neighbouring countries in 2001.
It takes the total value of kit donated by clubs, schools and manufacturers to developing rugby nations to £1.5 million.
Swaziland Rugby Union President Michael Collinson was delighted to receive the kit. He recently set up another rugby charity SKRUM - Swaziland Kids Rugby Mission - and is introducing over 100 school children to rugby each week in Swaziland, while also using the contact time to educate them in HIV/AIDS prevention and social responsibility.
"Tomorrow we are dispensing it to the poorer families and you will not believe their reaction when they see it and realise that it is free.”
"A huge thank you to all at SOS, we cannot believe we have received such kit," said Collinson.
Swaziland Rugby Union President Michael Collinson and Development Coach Mario de Sousa receive SOS IRB Kit Aid's 100th kit delivery.
SOS IRB Kit Aid is already planning its next African delivery to South Africa in October and also hopes to supply kit to Kenya and Uganda before the end of 2008.
For more information on SOS IRB Kit Aid, visit www.sosirbkitaid.org
For more information on SKRUM, visit www.SKRUM.org
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