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Bond It donates thousands of rugby shirts to Papua New Guinea

Published: 13 June 2014
After teaming up with Papua New Guinea rugby league legend Stanley Gene, Bond It donated thousands of rugby shirts to young people in the Simbu province.
Bond It donates thousands of rugby shirts to Papua New Guinea
The manufacturer of sealants and adhesives set up a shirt amnesty last year when it became a sponsor of the Huddersfield Giants, which Mr Gene played for between 2001 and 2005.

The company worked with Stanley's charity, The Stanley Gene Foundation, to encourage supporters of the Huddersfield Giants to donate their old shirts.

In return rugby fans would receive £10 off the price of a new shirt courtesy of Bond It.

Word of this amnesty soon spread and supporters of other teams from across the UK soon began donating their old shirts as well.

Managing director at Bond It, David Moore, said: "Bond It became a sponsor of the Huddersfield Giants in 2012 in order to boost the profile of our brand and as a show of support for the local community as a business based on the outskirts of Huddersfield.

"Naturally, we wanted fans wearing the new season shirts featuring our logo and that of a number of Bond It products, but this begged the questions as to what to do with the old shirts?

"As a business with a socially responsible approach we wanted to see them being put to good use as opposed to simply discarded.

"After learning of Stanley's charity through his connection to the Giants as a former player, everything just fell into place.

"We're delighted the shirt amnesty has been so well supported and that the shirts have now arrived with their intended beneficiaries."

Mr Gene added: "On behalf of myself, everyone at the Stanley Gene Foundation and all those from the various schools and villages, I would like to thank Bond It for implementing the shirt amnesty and for contributing towards the shipping costs of getting these items to Papua New Guinea.

"I'd also like to extend our gratitude to all those rugby league fans who got behind the campaign. The resultant donation has made a very real difference to thousands of people and brought a smile to thousands of faces."

The Stanley Gene Foundation aims to help young people in Papua New Guinea to create a better future for themselves.

Because of its rugged and mountainous terrain, Simbu is one of the poorest provinces in Papua New Guinea and has suffered from slow economic progress.


13 June 2014 01:03:00
By Wayne Mohammed
Hi Lisa,

Sorry for the delayed response. We were involved in this and so may be able to assist. I have just sent an email to Myles via the Bowden RUFC website to see if he can let me have your contact details.

Best wishes,

13 June 2014 01:02:00
By Lisa Reid
Morning is there anyone who could send me a quick email to tell me about how you went about setting up your shirt amnesty. I would be very grateful.


Lisa Reid
13 June 2014 01:01:00
By lisa reid
I am the secretary at Bowdon Rugby Club in the north West and we are thinking of doing a shirt amnesty. My daughter is volunteering in a school in Malawi for a year and they would be our intended recipients. If there any help or suggestions as to how we go about this please. We have recently had new kit supplied to us. Many thanks for taking the time to read this email.


Lisa Reid

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