A MERSEYSIDE rugby club has kick-started a major charity quest to bring some sporting joy into the lives of some of the world’s poorest children, writes Paul Snowdon.
Caldy Rugby Football Club has given its full support to the Touraid Festival planned for September next year
Caldy RFC is planning to bring over five teams of youngsters aged 12-13 from some of the poorest parts of Africa, India and Pakistan for one week of sporting fun and friendship.
The charitable enterprise will feature a multi-national rugby festival at Caldy RFC on the Sunday with a wealth of sporting trips and cultural activities planned either side of that weekend.
The children will be hosted by five local schools, who will be responsible for raising a significant part of the funds required to bring each team over to the UK, and will spend around two days in school with their host partner.
Jane Corlett administrator, from Caldy RFC told Junior X Sport: “The Festival has already won the attention of Sale Sharks who hope to raise significant funds to support us.
“We will be working hard to gain sponsorship from Wirral, Merseyside and Cheshire businesses, to gain some lottery funding and as much press exposure as possible.
“This is a festival that will touch the hearts and minds of many local people in the region.”
Among Touraid’s ambassadors are ex-South Africa rugby international Chester Williams, BBC sports presenter John Inverdale, former England rugby union star Mike Catt and current England fly-half Danny Cipriani.
Andy Berry, chief executive and founder of Touraid, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the event at Caldy. It was so nice to see their real enthusiasm for the project.
“People have really embraced the idea that they can help.
“Caldy have been absolutely incredible and the drive and passion shown by Jane Corlett is a model for everyone.”
Any school or club who would like to assist in helping Touraid’s projects can send an email to email@example.com or for involvement at Caldy email firstname.lastname@example.org