Foundation of Light

Local kids show their colours

by Stuart Vose

Samson visits Hill View School.

Almost 400 children at Hill View Infant School took part in the Foundation of Light’s ‘Show Your Colours’ campaign today by dressing in red and white ahead of Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby. The youngsters, who pledged support to the charity as part of the campaign, were visited by club mascot Samson at a special school assembly.

The Show Your Colours campaign, ran by the Foundation of Light, invites schools and businesses to proudly wear the football strips or colours of their favourite team for a full day, anytime in the week leading up to the match between Sunderland and Newcastle United on Sunday 21st October.

Individuals are asked to donate £1 to take part, which is collected from schools and businesses by Foundation of Light staff, Sun FM presenters, and other special guests throughout the weeks, with all money raised helping to support the Foundation of Light’s sports, health, community and education programmes.

Speaking of the event, Lynn Green, Deputy Head of Hill View Infant School commented:

“The children have been very enthusiastic in getting into the spirit of things, dressing up in their team colours as well as getting behind the charity. One of the things that we’re keen to teach the children is the importance of sharing and charity is obviously a huge part of that.

The visit from Samson was great and the children will be talking about it for days, it’s really given them a lift and it’s a good way of getting the spirit of the football club out into the community.”

I’d like to thank the parents who have played a huge part in this as well, the assembly with all the red and white looked fantastic.”

The Foundation of Light uses the power of football to inspire, involve and educate children, families and adults across the North East through programmes that can improve their lives. Structurally and financially independent of the football club the organisation relies on fundraising for 95% of project costs.