SOS IRB Kit Aid, the Rugby kit redistribution initiative supported by the IRB, has just completed another successful year with more unwanted/recycled kit delivered than ever before.
Almost 18,500 kilos of kit was delivered, up 28% on 2009 deliveries, with the average size of kit delivery increasing in order to minimise cost and offset rising fuel costs.
For the first time, SOS IRB Kit Aid undertook two humanitarian Rugby kit deliveries to Samoa and Haiti, who are recovering from the devastating effects of a tsunami and earthquake respectively.
Samoa Prime Minister and Samoa Rugby Union Chairman Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who was present to receive the shipment, expressed his gratitude to the global Rugby community and insisted that the kit would transform the lives of the affected Rugby communities.
“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to SOS IRB Kit Aid for the donation of essential Rugby kit that had been so generously donated by the global Rugby family," he said.
"The kit has since been received by the many clubs and schools that were affected by the tsunami and will make a massive difference to the lives of all involved.
"The spirit of teamwork is a cornerstone of Rugby and we are humbled to know that this spirit is alive, not just on the field, but in uniting in support during times of sorrow and pain.”
The Haitian shipment was part of a collaborative effort by the global sporting family and coordinated by Peace and Sport under their “Sports Solidarity for Haiti” programme – for more information, visit www.peace-sport.org
The SOS IRB Kit Aid regional network has also been strengthened further, in particular in East Anglia with Roy Marfleet, MD of MDS Engineering Ltd in Braintree, Essex, coming on board. Roy, a former elite RFU referee, has generously donated free storage and transport.
2011 will be SOS IRB Kit Aid’s 10th year in operation and will see exciting developments with additional new sponsors/partners coming onboard that will broaden SOS IRB Kit Aid’s appeal, consolidate its operations and expand by taking on two or three more emerging Rugby countries from its long waiting list.
For more on SOS IRB Kit Aid’s work, please visit www.sosirbkitaid.org