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First batch of kits sent to South Africa

10 March, 2016 — By Steve Barnett

THE first batch of football kits collected by readers of the New Journal for one of South Africa’s poorest townships has left the UK. We helped launch the “Kits For Alex” campaign last month – and our readers have rushed to help Jamie Isaacs, who plays for the West End Under-12s side. He has South African relatives and has been to the Alexandra township, Johannesburg, where he visited the area’s football club which has 4,000 boys and girls competing – but no footy kits. So on his return Jamie set up a campaign to collect kits for Alexandra. This week, items collected by Highgate School economics teacher Karen Norris and her pupils were sent out. And shirts, shorts and socks keep coming in: PC Tina Joyce (above), a schools safety officer at Holmes Road station in Kentish Town, delivered a batch to the New Journal this week. She said: “These are from my own children. They are mad about football and were happy to hand over shirts they had grown out of.”

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