HSBC SOS Kit Aid Collection
As Principal Partner to the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, HSBC asks you to donate any old rugby boots, shorts, t-shirts, tracksuits etc. which will then be taken out to South Africa and distributed to children around the country enabling them to play rugby.
SOS Kit Aid is an initiative that gives less advantaged children around the world the chance to play rugby through the collection and distribution of unused/unwanted rugby kit.
A Kit Aid donation point will be set up from Tuesday, 24th until 31st March in the ground floor reception area in HSBC's 1 Grand Canal Square office.
So please ask your friends and neighbours to collect any old rugby gear and bring it in!
The Lions is a unique concept in world sport: a team which draws together the cream of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh rugby talent into one ferocious unit, dispatched only once every four years to the southern hemisphere. The last two tours have visited New Zealand (2005) and Australia (2001).
The 2009 tour is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and entertaining in the Lions' 100 year history. It will certainly be among the most evocative, with the Lions facing the reigning world champion Springboks on home soil, just as in 1997 when the Lions defined their underdog status and came away 2-1 series winners.
HSBC ambassador Jason Robinson kick-started the kit collection scheme back in November when he was joined at Pimlico Academy in London by South African rugby player Bryan Habana.
40 schools in the UK & Ireland are acting as "kit collection bases" too - some of you may have children, relations, neighbours or friends attending the Irish schools involved - so make sure to remind them to donate their unwanted rugby gear!
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1
St Mary's College CSS,P Rathmines, Dublin 6
Blackrock College, Blackrock, Co.Dublin
Terenure College, Terenure, Dublin 6W
Clongowes Wood College, Naas Co.Kildare
If you are involved with a club or school not on the list, they too can run their own collection day and you can arrange for it to be collected by contacting the Project Director directly:
Items we are in particular need of are:
CLEAN rugby shirts (preferably in team sets) CLEAN rugby shorts/socks (preferably in team sets) CLEAN rugby boots (preferably with 99% studs in) from sizes 4 to 11 CLEAN rugby balls/ball bags CLEAN rugby tracksuits CLEAN rugby head/shoulder protectors CLEAN rugby tackle bags/pads CLEAN rugby wet tops/bottoms CLEAN training tops CLEAN Training cones SOS takes all forms of kit including other team strips and soccer kits. Please drop these off at