Mossend well set to help charity work

Some of the players who took part in Mossend FC's football equality Champions League event
Some of the players who took part in Mossend FC's football equality Champions League event

Community football club Mossend FC will have a well named after it in Pakistan to mark its support for a charity water and sanitation project.

Mossend FC has raised money for the Well Foundation, sponsors of the club’s 2003s squad, to help it work in poverty-stricken, drought-affected regions.

After the club had raised £190, enough to meet the cost of building a new well, the charity said it would put up a plaque to mark the donations.

And the club, which has close links with the Central Lanarkshire Mosque as part of its ongoing efforts to include all members of the community, is also donating strips which will be sent out to youngsters in Pakistan and in Malawi.

Mossend FC publicity and development secretary Russell Sanderson said: “We know there are countries in the world living in abject poverty with no access to fresh, clean water.

“When we spoke to the Well Foundation we wanted to try and do what we could to help and when we set out our aim to build a well and have it named after Mossend FC the boys from all 10 of our age groups were excited to get involved.

“Then we had the water shortage incident in our area where people had their supply affected, and a couple of days with no running water.

“It really hit home to us that the people we are trying to help have to go through this every day.

“The club see this as another long term initiative with the Well Foundation and are thrilled that there will be a well in Pakistan named after Mossend FC.”

Mossend FC have already pledged to donate football kits and equipment to the Well Foundation under a new “Mossend FC - Kits for Kids” initiative and these will be given to kids in Pakistan and some to another long term Well Foundation project in Malawi where they are involved in the construction of a school.

The club would like to thank sponsors, benefactors and backers who helped to raise money, including Kilmarnock FC Stamina Home Improvements, Auctioneers Glasgow, Martins Barber Shop Bellshill and Anzars Tandoori.