Black Isle Supporters Club member and 1960s registered Ross County player Morris M Downie, born and brought up in Dingwall, now residing in Fortrose extends the hand of benevolence to youngsters in The Gambia West Africa.
After approaching John Hanson who consulted David O’Connor, Stadium & Services Manager at Ross County, a large amount of unused football accessories were donated To Morris for this worthwhile charitable cause.
The equipment was sorted and resulted in the handing over of football strips to youngsters in the poverty stricken West African country. Strips were given to youngsters between 16-19, who don’t go to school and have no employment, resulting in them playing football daily in any sand covered area.
After the normal football season is over, the country is divided into zones and teams are made up of players who don’t get a game in the leagues with other league players in support. They then play each other during the close season.
Those zone teams have no team strips or equipment so Morris was able to identify just a few teams and handed vital equipment to them. The variety of jerseys and sizes were so numerous he was able to kit-out many youngsters and football supporters with Ross County tops/jackets and jerseys.
Morris commented "I'm grateful to the staff of Ross County for the very generous donation and should anyone have old yet serviceable football accessories I would be happy to receive them. Remember, children who don’t have anything are very happy with anything they get."
"The donation to these under privileged, yet football daft, youngsters certainly will boost the profile of sport/outdoor activities and general healthy living and give them inspiration to work hard at the game and do well in the teams they play for. We now have many supporters in The Gambia with teams participating in football under Ross County colours."
David O'Connor, club spokesman said "We're delighted to help Morris with his efforts in these African communities. Morris can be reached via the club by anyone else wishing to offer their support".