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A Birmingham company was on the ball when an appeal was launched for thousands of football shirts to be donated to help underprivileged children in South Africa ahead of this summer's World Cup.

Jayne Hanson, of Pertemps People Development Group, enlisted the support of St Mary and St Margaret School in Castle Bromwich to collect strips donated by pupils, parents and teachers.

Colleagues at PPDG also pitched in by donating a wide range of kits.

They were responding to the strip amnesty, organised by Birmingham-based football fans under the umbrella of Thrive, a movement set up to make a difference in the city and the world.

Spokesman Mark Triggs said the Thrive team is united by a love of football and a desire to give something back to the country hosting the 2010 World Cup. Mr Triggs added: "The strip amnesty aims to send unwanted shirts to underprivileged kids and adults in South Africa in advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We're hoping to collect 20,000 shirts to dish out in the poorest districts of the nine cities playing host to matches next June and July.

"Kits of any size, colour, team and era are welcome."School secretary Karen Shaw said: "The school was extremely pleased to be part of such a worthy amnesty and we received an outstanding response from both the children and staff."

Donated football shirts are displayed by St Mary and St Margaret School pupils Roxanne Burke, Megan Savage, Caitlin O'Driscoll and Kadian Burke, who are joined by teacher Darryl Robinson and Jayne Hanson, of Pertemps People Development Group.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 4, 2010
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