To the children who need help, we send our love (and football shirts)

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Disadvantaged children in four countries are proudly wearing football kits donated by Cambridge FC as part of an ongoing project to help those less able to play the sport.

The club has been sending decommissioned strips overseas since 2014 and Cambridge’s distinctive red and white stripes have since been worn in Uganda, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia.

The latest children to benefit (see main photo) live in Sabah, on the Malaysian island of Borneo.

Malaysia 2020

In mid-February 2020, they received a set of shirts through the Etania Schools project, an organisation set up to help stateless children in Sabah.

Cambridge social footballer Sunny Prabhu arranged the donation of kit through family friend Kathryn Rival, a retired teacher and school principal from Auckland who works for Etania in Sabah.

“These kids are part of the community that make up the majority of the workers in the palm oil industry,” he said.

“Technically, they don’t exist (as far as the government is concerned) as they boated over for work and aren’t paid much, but can’t go back.

“They have no access to health care, schooling, water … anything really. So they were stoked to have soccer uniforms!”

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Our shirts in Malaysia

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Uganda 2014

Sunny Prabhu and wife Sarah helped deliver Cambridge’s first kit donation in 2014 when they took part in the “Undies for Africa” appeal, an international initiative to distribute underwear and sanitary products to women and girls who found it difficult to get them.

The Prabhus spent three weeks in Uganda, distributing 120kg of products, including three boxes of Cambridge playing strip, boots and footballs.

Sunny Pradhu said the coach of the local Sun City Football Club, Lameck, was delighted with the donated gear.

“He said over and again ‘this is good, this is so good!'”

Sunny Pradbu has played for Cambridge’s D2 men’s team and has enjoyed social football through the club’s Cambridge Summer League 5-a-side competition “though I always seem to be injured.”

Photo gallery: our shirts in Uganda

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Cambodia, Vietnam 2016

In 2016, Cambridge FC sent more kit overseas when club supporters Graham and Tina Clark visited Cambodia.

Graham Clark is responsible for marking out the Cambridge club’s pitches each season and many members of the extended Clark family have played, coached or served on the club’s committee.

On his return, he said he had seen children beaming with pleasure when given an old ball to play with.

Our shirts in Cambodia

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