First up, greetings from Berlin. Hope all's well with you and the family.
I'd normally begin this mail with something like ... it's that time of year again ... but a combination of pandemic and Brexit has turned many a charity/NGO, Project Front Foot included, on its head. So now we make do and mend with what's left. So: a fourteenth annual Kit Appeal for Project Front Foot.
That we're still in the game is no small feat in itself. Stepping back from a decade in India was the right move for sure. But even we didn't know until the last six months just how difficult Brexit would make project life. All of which needed a fresh guard, cap pulled low, another stick of chewy, and let's knock them off in tens.
Despite everything thrown at us, I'm delighted to report project kit - your kit! - has successfully been delivered to the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, cricket clubs for refugees and children in France and, over the past few weeks, to clubs in Hamburg, Dresden, Berlin, Chemnitz, Baden Württemberg, Wiesbaden, Ludwigshafen, Naumburg, Lippstadt, and Kleve. Project Front Foot reaching those kids and communities that others cannot since 2009.
All of which has emptied our Southern Storage Facility or, as we like to call it, Tim's garage in Tilehurst. A little later than normal then we're set to embark on our latest Kit Appeal. As in previous years, we're looking for literally anything cricket-related - helmets to boots and everything in between - that's of good enough quality and condition to recycle. This goes for both senior and junior (All Stars and Kwik Kricket) kit. There's a growing need for junior kit on the continent as clubs look to start a junior section.
Pandemic permitting, we'll look to collect donations around the last week of September. I'd be grateful, Steve, if you could circulate this mail among clubs and club members as we look to go again. Thanks for your continued support.