Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has donated more than 100 shirts to the orphans in Malawi after he decided to change his squad number over the summer.
It was back in July 2018 that the Senegalese forward decided to pick the number 10 shirt for the new season. Following that, Liverpool agreed to swap the shirts that the fans had already bought with his old number, 19. So as the old shirts were in stock now, the hierarchy decided to donate all to the charity KitAid, who work with Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO).
ESPN quotes the shirts arrived at Mulanje, a district in Malawi, recently and were distributed to the orphans.
“It’s like a dream for the children in the villages, getting a t-shirt that they never thought they would get,” Mary Woodworth, founder of FOMO told ESPN FC. “It’s just magical basically.
“It will make a big difference, especially in the villages. Because they don’t have the means of getting any money or to be able to buy one t-shirt. It’s a dream come true [for them].”
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As per the aforementioned source, KitAid make a perfect use of unwanted kits by distributing them amongst the poor children.
“We have a saying, which is: ‘It’s more than just a shirt,'” founder Derrick Williams told ESPN FC. “And it really is because when you go out you see the kids that are desperate for football kit to be part of a team.
“We hear stories where if they haven’t got [a] kit then their team isn’t allowed into a league, which is really heartbreaking. So it’s great that we can provide that by working through organisations like FOMO in Malawi.”
Mane has time and again involved himself in various charity work. back in April this year, he joined the Liverpool Foundation and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to launch Malawi HIV awareness project. Then in May, before Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, he sent 300 Liverpool jerseys to the village of Bambali in south Senegal.