KitAid is a charity set up by Derrick Williams MBE, who visited Tanzania on a WaterAid supporters' trip in 1998 whilst working for Veolia Water. Derrick was amazed at the reception he received from children and adults in remote villages just because he wearing his favourite football shirt. After two weeks in Tanzania, a flame was lit in Derrick's heart and he was on a mission to provide kit and equipment to the bare-footed children playing with footballs made of tied string and plastic bags.
Ten years on, KitAid has Graham Taylor OBE as its Patron, lots of volunteers and to date has sent out 100,000 kits to children and adults in 30 different countries across the world.That number is sure to get even bigger following the announcement that The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League has announced KitAid as its official charity partner for 2011/12 season.
Speaking at Saturday's Evo-Stik League Awards Derrick Williams MBE said:
"Since 1998 we have donated more than 150,000 items of kit all across the World. Please encourage your supporters to donate their unwanted kit. Our regional co-ordinators will arrange to collect from your club, so there’s no hassle involved. To make this cost effective and environmentally friendly, ideally we like to collect a decent amount to make it worth the
"We’re also completely independent from any Evo-Stik League member club and the league itself. Your support is entirely voluntary, but could make a massive difference to children and adults who are as passionate about football as you are."