WORCHESTER, ENGLAND, April 02, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The npower-sponsored Sixways Kit Amnesty saw local mums working hard on Mother's Day, as they joined family and friends at the local derby rugby match between Worcester Warriors and Gloucester where spectators pegged out shirts, shorts and boots, all in the name of charity.
With tensions on the pitch rising, Warriors fans were asked to stand side-by-side with rivals Gloucester in donating unwanted kit to international rugby charity, SOS/iRB Kit Aid.
The Kit Amnesty was hosted by Worcester Warriors, in partnership with official club sponsor and community partner, npower
, aiming to inspire supporters to back a good cause as well as their team.
Around 1,000 pieces of kit, including shirts, boots, shorts and socks, were hung out on special washing lines surrounding Sixways Stadium, with volunteers from the charity on hand to help fans with their contributions.
Tom Ryder, marketing and community manager at Worcester Warriors, said: "We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting Gloucester and thank them and npower for their efforts in supporting our first ever Sixways Kit Amnesty. We look forward to working with them on similar projects in the future."
Carol Hart, community involvement manager at npower, added: "This event has met with such a terrific response, and the generosity of these fans will provide a real boost to developing junior rugby in less fortunate countries around the world."
SOS/iRB Kit Aid encourages rugby fans from across the UK to share their love of the game by helping make a difference to young enthusiasts in poorer nations around the world.
The kit amnesty remains open, and organisers hope to double the number of donations in coming weeks. For more information visit: www.sosirbkitaid.org
or the npower media centre
About SOS/iRB KitAid:
SOS/iRB Kit Aid is a rugby project that gives less advantaged children around the world a chance to play and develop rugby in emerging nations through the collection and distribution of unused/unwanted kit from the UK and Ireland.
has been awarded the prestigious Community Mark from Business in the Community (BitC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The Community Mark
is a new BitC standard, created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.