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A Dons team in Sri Lanka

22 April 2015

Blue and yellow is the colour on far away island

Tim Hillyer was recognised as one of 72 “Club Heroes” at the Football League awards and an exciting project he got involved with was helping to deliver old AFC Wimbledon kits to Sri Lanka.

The picture above shows a football team in a remote village on the island in South Asia wearing Dons kit with Tim having started the “AFC Wimbledon to Sri Lanka relay”.

  Tim, who has been a volunteer in our merchandising team since the rebirth of AFC Wimbledon, spent hours last season sifting through old kit with Michael Padmanathan, who is the founder of the True Volunteer Foundation.

A total of 58 tops, 43 shorts and 30 pairs of socks were transported by seven volunteers via planes, trains and automobiles to Sri Lanka.

Josh Lee, who is an AFC Wimbledon season ticket holder and pictured far right in the above photograph, took charge of the final delivery as he is a trained sports teacher and was volunteering in Sri Lanka at the time.

Apparently, the Dons kits proved to be very popular as blue and yellow is also the colour of the Sri Lankan one-day cricket team!

The True Volunteer Foundation (TVF) works across 33 countries on a range of projects all around the world. The children pictured above are from a remote village between the capital Colombo and Negombo. TVF built a school, along with cricket and football pitches, for communities in Lines Wella, Bopitiya and Dayalathura to use.

 , which aims to provide free sporting opportunities for 27,000 school children in Merton by 2017.Wimbledon Sporting Project  years ago with its film called Common Ground featuring Ivor Heller and other AFC Wimbledon personalities. TVF is working with business and other organisations locally on the  True Volunteer FoundationThe club got involved with the 

   . Club Heroes  If you missed our news article about Tim Hillyer earning an accolade from the Football League, click on 

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