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York youngsters take football shirts to Romania
PUPILS from Manor CE Academy in York are taking 100 football shirts to children in Romania.
The visit is part of the Archbishop of York’s Young Leader Award, and will be the school's second trip to Romania to help the charity, Cry in the Dark.
Youngsters taking the awards must complete a mix of classroom and practical work which is focused on leadership skills and making a difference in local communities.
Cry in the Dark currently has three projects in North East Romania and the most recent, Project Hope, aims to help a whole community of 700 people.
Steve Cooper, CEO of the charity, said: “There are about 500 children aged up to 18, I know the shirts will go down a storm for sure at all our projects."
He added that the teenagers will run activities as well as helping with renovation and “they will definitely make a lot of new friends.”
The Year 11 pupils of Manor CE Academy who will make the trip are looking forward to helping out.
Abbygail Greaves, 16, said: “The whole project is really good. It’s hard to imagine what life is like out there but we will be able to experience what it is like and help out”.
Katy Lewis, 15, said: “It’s really great, we will be able to meet and help lots of new people, and hopefully we can really make a difference. It will be a new experience and will be able to try different things and make new friends.”
Dan Finn, Director of the Youth Trust said, " the project is one of the highlights of the school year and there was real excitement about the trip."
He added that the village was very poor but this is starting to change thanks to the work of Cry in the Dark.
He said: "It’s amazing that the Young Leaders from Manor can play a part in this change."
The football shirts were donated after York City FC sponsors, Benenden Health announced a charity shirt swap earlier this year following a rebrand.
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