We are currently in contact with the organisation Tag Rugby Trust, a charity who have been aiming to improve the lives of children in some of the world’s poorest countries, including various initiatives in Africa. Set up in 2002, the charity teaches and runs tag rugby workshops and tournaments in orphanages and government schools, relying heavily on donations and the help of volunteers who pay to join in the adventure.
For us, this represents the perfect opportunity to make some difference to the lives of the people we encounter, even if it is small. Believing as we do in the benefits of sport, and particularly team sports like rugby, our aim is to donate as much kit and equipment as possible to TRT. Through our links with Team Durham and the Scottish Rugby Union we have secured excess and old kit to hand over to TRT and are looking to pool even more. Very kindly, the charity has agreed to allow us to transport whatever we can muster with the 120 volunteers who will be flying out to Africa this summer, which is great for us as our carrying space is limited.
Furthermore, we are currently working with TRT to meet up along our route down Africa so that we can help coach and organise sessions with the children. At the very least we will be able to visit and coach at the school TRT has a permanent presence at in Lusaka, Zambia.
To read more about Tag Rugby Trust, please visit http://tagrugbytrust.co.uk/