THE Kingsholm Supporters Mutual (KSM) and Gloucester Rugby are planning to make it a very special new year for rugby playing kids in Romania by donating sack loads of kit as part of the SOS Romania Rugby Kit Aid.
When Gloucester play Leeds Tykes in the Guinness Premiership next Saturday - December 31 - the KSM will be holding a kit collection campaign at Kingsholm for the charity.
SOS Romania Rugby was started five years ago and Gloucester supporters became one of the first agents for the charity that is also endorsed by former England skipper Martin Johnson.
They have already held a boot collection and the club have donated 100s of t-shirts from last season's community fund to get it up and running.
Supporters are now asked to bring any item of old rugby kit with them on New Year's Eve to donate to the charity.
Bob Rumble, chairman of the KSM, who has been behind the charity from the start, said: "This is a charity that not only concerns rugby but community spirit too. We live in an area where the success and importance of the city rugby club has a direct impact on the community and it would be a fantastic way to end the year by donating kit to such a worthwhile cause.
"These kids play the game in some of the harshest conditions imaginable in Europe and any help is greatly appreciated. It is about spreading rugby's goodwill and that is something Gloucester and its supporters should be good at."
Gloucester's managing director Ken Nottage also endorsed the collection and said: "This is a hugely worthwhile cause and Gloucester Rugby are right behind it.
"We know our supporter base really react in a positive way to these things and I am sure it will be a massive success."
The collection will start at 12.30pm near to the ticket office at the front of the ground. Supporters are asked to bring any old rugby kit in bags to make collection easier. The kit can be of any size or colour because it will all be used.
There is also a boot barrel situated at the corner of the Buildbase Stand on the ticket office turn style side of the ground. The boots MUST be clean of mud.
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