Kits for Kumuls

Date published: Monday, June 21, 2010

ROUGHYEDS wish to inform supporters, and indeed all rugby league followers in the Oldham area, that the club is supporting an appeal led by Sheffield Eagles for used rugby kit to be sent out to players in Papua New Guinea.

The ‘Kits for Kumuls’ appeal was launched last month when Eagles player Menzie Yere set up a charity to donate used football boots and rugby shirts and other kit (shorts, balls, training gear, etc) to impoverished players in his home country of PNG.

Papua New Guinea is classed as a third world country and is the only country in the world where Rugby League is the national sport.

The idea came from Menzie last season when each month from his wage he would buy a couple of pairs of football boots and send them back to his home village in PNG.

By the end of the season, he’d collected enough used kit from teammates to more than fill his luggage allocation on the long flight home. In fact, it was double his allowance and a director of Sheffield Eagles paid for the balance to be forwarded on to PNG by courier, after the airline wanted £485 in excess baggage.

Sheffield have now asked clubs to support this appeal, which the RFL are also backing, and Roughyeds are delighted to be getting involved.

With the help of their supporters, clubs are being asked to donate as much new or used kit as they can possibly supply.

The organisers at Sheffield Eagles hope that in return the people in PNG will take notice of which clubs have assisted the appeal and will support those clubs from a distance.

The names of donating clubs and individuals (if requested) would be included on the appeal’s website at www.kits4kumuls.com

Roughyeds will become a collection point for this appeal so that fans can bring their used shirts, boots and kit to the club at Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (tel: 0161 628 3677).

It will then be collected by Sheffield Eagles, sent out to PNG, and distributed by the Rotary Club of Port Moresby, which is the capital of Papua New Guinea.

Due to the high costs of shipping, the organisers are also looking for memorabilia which could be used as auction items with which to raise money to go towards shipping costs.

Fans seeking more information about the Roughyeds’ collection arrangements etc can speak to the club on 0161 628 3677.