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Cliftonville Football Club alerts our supporters to a charity drive being held by Ards ahead of Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership fixture at The Bangor Fuels Arena.

Members of Thriving Life Church and Bangor-based charity Abaana will be gathering football shirts for distribution to youngsters in Uganda early in the New Year and, following on from our fans’ backing of Foodbank Collections at both Windsor Park and Solitude in recent weeks, we would be delighted to see Reds jerseys form part of the donations.

The event coordinators respectfully request that shirts old and new are washed before being handed over and, while kids sizes are a priority, Abaana also work with younger adults and would likewise be pleased to take receipt of any shorts or football socks that might be available.

Two groups from the Church will travel to Uganda in 2019, when they will visit a number of Abaana projects, including the Tekoo Primary School in Gulu Province, which has been funded by donations from Thriving Life Church and S Clarke & Son Funeral Directors.

Abaana is a Christian based charity which invests in Children in Africa, particularly in Uganda, helping them to break the chains of poverty through education. They currently work with over 4,000 children in Uganda via their network of primary schools and Street Kids project in the capital city Kampala.

Any old Cliftonville shirts – or jerseys from other teams – that you no longer wear or which you think will serve a better purpose at the discretion of the charity will be very gratefully received and we would be pleased if as many of our supporters as possible could contribute on Saturday.

Donations can also be made at the Ards FC Sports Club on Regent Street, while collections can be arranged by phoning 07790019228.