Kym Ellis is travelling to Mozambique and will help out at an orphanage in Maputo. She is taking shirts and balls like the ones worn by her nephews Cody, Nate and Jack.
Kym Ellis is travelling to Mozambique and will help out at an orphanage in Maputo. She is taking shirts and balls like the ones worn by her nephews Cody, Nate and Jack.

Clinton club takes football to Mozambique

CLINTON Football Club is a proud club with a wide supporter base which is about to extend all the way to Mozambique.

Long-term player Kym Ellis arrived in Maputo this week with bags full of Clinton jerseys and balls to donate to orphanages.

She had been planning for eight months.

Ellis was left with little space for her own belongings, such was her generosity and that of the club.

"We have family friends that live there. They help run a couple of orphanages," she said.

Kit and Tony Herbert had taken a number of shirts when they moved to Africa.

"I am taking 50 strips and 20 balls. I even have an extra suitcase," she told the Observer before she left.

As soon as the trip was confirmed, Ellis asked the Clinton club if any gear could be spared.

The club had ordered new kits for some teams this year and had a number of good condition shirts to spare.

For Ellis, being able to supply shirts from her beloved club is great, and she can't wait to have a kick with the kids.

"That is their main sport. I knew it would be a good thing," she said.

"I have been with Clinton for 17 years. I knew they had some old stuff and asked if they could help.

"You should see my house. I can't fit everything in my suitcase."

Ellis will tour Mozambique for five weeks, spending two at The Promise Centre and The Iris Centre, which house 69 orphans between them.

Ellis said she could not wait to help build a better life for the children who have few of the privileges which are taken for granted in Australia.



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