The Owls are proud to launch a brand new charity campaign, coinciding with our #BlueandWhiteChristmasDay visits, to aid a young supporter’s volunteering adventure.
‘Kits for Christmas’ was inspired by Wednesdayite Jemima Start, who wrote a letter to our chairman Dejphon Chansiri stating her intentions to volunteer for the charity Tearfund in Cambodia.
In February 2018, Jemima, 18, will leave for six months to provide relief work in a part of the world where child trafficking and poverty is rife.
She asked if the club could donate some home shirts to help bring communities together in a sporting environment.
Jemima said: “I wanted to bring football and the club to a different part of the world to give children who don’t really have much, shirts and footballs.
“When the children aren’t learning, I want to bring the community together with football and give them something that they maybe don’t already have.
“I’ll be working alongside the Cambodian Hope Organisation who work with vulnerable women and children across the area so it’s important to educate people how to use their resources better.”
With Jemima providing the perfect platform, the Owls are extending the initiative to involve all supporters, with an added incentive for those who kindly donate a shirt.
Anyone who brings an official Sheffield Wednesday shirt from any era to the Owls Megastore will receive a 10% discount on any of this season’s jerseys.
Alternatively, if you bring an official shirt from a football team other than Wednesday, you will receive a 5% discount on the current campaign’s shirt.
Spencer Taylor, CSR Manager at the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme, said: “The Kits for Christmas initiative is a great one, and was kick-started by Jemima’s humble letter.
“It’s a brilliant way for everyone in the football community to come together in supporting an important cause.”
‘Kits for Christmas’ will continue until the end of December, starting tomorrow at 9.00am and ending on New Year’s Eve.
Jemima added: “It was a real surprise when I got a reply to my letter and it’s amazing how the club have responded, it’s not what you expect when you write a letter asking for help.”
All donated shirts must be in good condition and clean, with discounts given on a one to one basis – one for every shirt donated.
Discounts must be redeemed upon donation.
Please help us in supporting Jemima’s brilliant work, and donate a kit for Christmas!