Gryphons Abroad is our international volunteering programme. Each year, students and staff from the University of Leeds travel to South Africa to deliver a life changing project. We aim to raise aspirations through activity and leadership, working with hundreds of children. Additionally, this project is delivered at part of the Bambisanani Partnership Charity.
This year, we have been collecting football shirts to give to the five schools we’re working with. We had a fantastic donation from the University of Leeds Women’s Football Club, who donated their whole playing kit. Also, a special mention goes to eight year old Murphy, who has collected over 170 football shirts for Gryphons Abroad.
He was asked if he would like to donate one of his playing kits to the Gryphons Abroad scheme, and when he learnt that some children couldn’t afford to buy their own kit, he set up the campaign with the help of his parents.
They were hoping to collect around 25 kits initially, but the campaign grew and they now have more than 170 different kits, ranging from Barcelona to Carlisle United.
To keep up with the campaign, check out Murphy’s Mission on Facebook.
Words cannot describe how grateful we are to Murphy for campaigning and collecting over 170 football shirts to take out to South Africa on our Gryphons Abroad Volunteering trip. What an inspiration he is! #GryphonsAbroad @UniversityLeeds @UniLeedsStaff https://t.co/CnJLHkmIyk
— Leeds_Sport (@Leeds_Sport) June 21, 2019
The students and staff will be travelling out to South Africa on Saturday 13th July 2019. To keep up with what’s happening, follow us on Instagram (@Leeds_Sport) for daily updates and stories from our volunteers.
Finally, if you’re interested in this once in a lifetime opportunity, apply to be a part of our 2020 team – applications close Friday 27th September 2019.