January 24 New Projects

Although I have not been filling your in-boxes on a daily basis with what I have been up to, I can assure you that Bjorn and I have been beavering away. It’s been great to get regular updates from many we were in contact with on our journeys and I’d like to highlight a few today.

1) Bury FC – my great friend Mark Catlin is the Commercial Director at the progressive Bury FC near Manchester. He has been a constant source of support and friendship since we started. As soon as he heard of Bjorn’s trip, he whizzed a shirt over and I think he was probably the first English club to support. Respect!

Later, I was warmly welcomed to the Gigg Lane ground when I travelled through the UK. I met up with him in Gibraltar at the weekend when the Bury team played a friendly against the Gibraltar national team. Those who have followed the project from day one will remember that we had a terrific reception in Gibraltar as Bjorn travelled through Europe.

Bjorn in Gibraltar

Mark tells me the Bury team are doing well and that they are an outside bet for the Championship through the play-offs. This is a terrific achievement from probably the smallest club in League One. This is what mark said back in July 2010.

I talked to Mark about the project and he is keen to stay involved. We will be confirming details in the next few days but as a taster I can confirm that any friend of The Shirt can have free tickets to Bury or Crystal Palace home games! Thanks, Mark. He has another very exciting offer but I am sworn to secrecy…..let’s just say you will love it!

2) Whilst Mark and Bury have been long-term followers of the project, I am delighted to welcome Garry Pickles to the long list of supporters. I recently met Garry on www.ecademy.com who as many will know have given Bjorn and I great support over the last two years. Garry is the owner of Online Media Direct was immediately enthused about the project and immediately offered to send a shirt over. He said one of his clients,
T-Shirt Subway were shirt printers and he got them to assist! Thanks, Garry. We really appreciate your support.

T-Shirt Subway Joins Charity Project to Create World’s Biggest Shirt

T-Shirt Subway is pleased to be part of an amazing project to create the world’s largest shirt in aid of charity.
The world’s greatest music t-shirts’ store is donating one of its own shirts to make up part of the biggest shirt ever seen!
Each t-shirt donated will be photographed before being added to the site, in this case one of T-Shirt Subway’s coveted Music T shirts. It is being donated as part of an inspirational project to raise awareness for the world’s 45 million refugees, fleeing war, famine and natural disaster, under the aegis of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The project was the brainchild of Norwegian Bjorn Heidenstrom, who is cycling from Oslo to South Africa via Europe and the African continent. His “volunteer PR and back-up” is Brit Steve Hall, currently resident in Spain. Football-mad Steve has been doing his own bit for the cause with the aid of his bike, having cycled to all 92 football league clubs in England and Wales between May and 23 September 2010. During his travels he collected scores of football shirts which have been added to the pile which will eventually become the world’s biggest ever shirt.
A spokesman for T-Shirt Subway said: “We are thrilled to be part of this fantastic consciousness-raising project for the world’s 45 million refugees.”
“We hope that ourMusic T shirt, which will eventually join so many others can play its small part in increasing awareness and improving the lot of these desperate people.”

So that’s yet another one for Bjorn to sew onto the mega-shirt back home in Norway. Sadly, I did not get a photo before it was sent but I am sure Bjorn will send one soonest.

If anybody has shirts they are holding onto, please do not hesitate to get them to us. ALL are welcome. Just shout for delivery addresses!

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