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Pools Fan To Take Shirts To Indonesia

14 November 2017

Shirts for Indonesia HUFC
Gary Watson and Tony Norman with some of the donated shirts.

Local man Gary Watson is appealing for Pools shirts to take back to his new home in Indonesia.

Pools fan Gary relocated to Batam Island in Indonesia over two years ago and now he is keen to see a few more reminders of his home town in his new home.

Each year since relocation, Gary will take gifts of rice and noodles to two local children’s homes at Christmas.

But this year, the Pools fans who splits his time between the North East and Batam, had the idea of gifting the children with the shirts of his favourite football team.

“The children over there are football-mad”, Mr Watson told us.

“But they would never be able to afford the kits themselves so I started off with a message on Facebook and it’s just gone from there.

“We’ve had full kits donated and people are sending in shirts to the Club for me to take back over in time for Christmas.”

While the shirts and kits are still wanted as part of the appeal, Gary is now looking for some sponsorship to pay for the kits to be sent back over to Indonesia.

“I originally thought I would just be able to fit the shirts in my suitcase when I go back over in December.

“But with us receiving so many, we’re going to have to look at a different way of getting them back over there.

“The Club’s ladies team have donated a kit that we’re going to present to a girls team in Batam and they’re already looking forward to receiving that.

“And I can’t wait to see the children’s faces when we hand over the kits, I know they will never have them off their backs.”

If you or your business would like to sponsor the ‘Shirts for Indonesia’ appeal and help to spread the Poolie colours all the way over to Batam, contact the Club on 01429 272584 (option 4) or email

You can also still send your shirts in to the Club, marked for the attention of ‘Shirts for Indonesia’.

Please note, all shirts must be received by the end of November to be able to sent in time for Christmas.

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