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19 Dec 2019
Pictured (L-R): Banbury Operations Manager, Trevor Bayliss and bus driver, Wellington Muzondo
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire bus driver and Unite union representative, Wellington Muzondo, Banbury’s Wykham Park Academy and Easington Junior Football Club are playing the role of Santa and the elves this Christmas after donating a package of retired sports uniform to an African school in need.
The project is helping Nehumba Primary and Secondary School, located in a rural part of Zimbabwe.
After Banbury Academy school was rebranded to Wykham Park, children were asked to donate their former sportswear to a charity. After speaking with a former teacher at Wykham Park, Wellington and Stagecoach in Oxfordshire stepped in to help with shipping costs to get the kit over to Africa. Easington Junior Football Club also contributed to the donation, provding 20 pairs of second hand football boots from the under 14 boys team.
Wellington said: “During a recent family holiday we were invited to Nehumba Primary and Secondary School by a church friend, who is also the sport organiser for the school. My children were touched by the daily hardship children there go through every single day and suggested that we try and help.
“When we returned home to the UK, I became aware of the local school here donating sports kit and asked my employer, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, if we could help with the shipping costs which were over £400. I am delighted that we could and I know how grateful the children over in Zimbabwe will be.”
Martin Gibbon, Operations Director at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire said: “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with a local school and support one of our team with a charitable project. We hope the package helps schoolchildren over in Zimbabwe and wish everyone who helped get the kits there, a very merry Christmas.”
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