Lancashire charity kits out Special Olympic winners

FOMO Mary Woodworth with members of Malawi's Special Olympics squad

FOMO Mary Woodworth with members of Malawi's Special Olympics squad

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Walmer Bridge charity Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) has answered a call to help members of Malawi’s Special Olympics squad.

Ten athletes and eight officials asked for clothing for a trip to compete at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles.

Founder Mary said: “Luckily our latest container from England had arrived, full of all sorts of useful things, including sports kit. I was touched by the team’s plight and we were able to help kit them out with tracksuits – and even underwear.

“We also found some tennis balls for a young player so she could get in some practice before the competition.

“They were delighted and I was so thrilled when they came back – with eight gold medals and three silvers.

“This is a great achievement for Malawi and the team. Everyone deserves to be included in society, but sometimes it is an uphill struggle to be accepted. Yet we are all equal in God’s eyes.”

FOMO was founded in 2000 by Mary and her husband Keith after they witnessed the plight of the Aids orphans in Mulanje. Their answer was to set up a feeding programme that now gives 5,000 orphans a meal every day.

For more information about FOMO and all its projects, visit www.fomo.uk