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Issue 470, 8 October 2001


Give the shirt off your back to Africa

Richard J Ashworth
Treasury Management & Financial Services

Staff may wish to know about a small charity called Shirts for Africa, which runs along a very simple and therefore very effective idea. The charity asks people to donate their old football shirts (or any other kind of sports kit), currently lying neglected at the back of drawers and wardrobes. This clothing is then sent, via a special arrangement with DHL for free, mostly to primary or secondary schools in Africa. No money is involved at any stage of the process.
Most African schoolchildren have very few clothes. When it comes to sports gear it tends to be old, ripped, or just skins. Funding for kit is non-existent, hence skins versus assortments is the usual ‘kit’ sported by football teams across the continent and all too frequently the ‘ball’ is a collection of rolled up plastic bags.
Over 800 shirts have been sent out to 14 countries, as well as numerous shorts, socks, boots and footballs too. More recently they have sent out netball kit, including skirts, bibs, bands and assorted associated equipment.
For further information on how to help to improve the lives of many less privileged people than yourselves, please e-mail me on

Corporate image over student safety?

Dr David Jackson
School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies

Following yet another particularly unpleasant attack on one of our students last week, I am led to understand that the police have repeatedly sought to display warning material on campus in an effort to assist students, but that the University has refused to cooperate. Can anybody confirm or deny that we are putting our corporate image ahead of the safety of our students?

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