Suttonians RFC recently hosted 16 children from Nyumbani Home for orphaned children in Kenya for an evening of rugby and fun…

The children, all of whom are living with AIDS, were in Dublin on a once in a lifetime holiday organised by the Raheny-based charity Kenya Orphan Aid.

With rugby, a BBQ, singing and dancing, their night in Sutton turned out to be of the highlights of the children’s time in Dublin. And gifts of Irish, Leinster, Suttonians and Lansdowne jerseys will ensure that they have something to remember their new friends by for many years to come.

The Sutton children and their parents enjoyed the night as much as their guests. They were impressed not only by the Kenyans’ speed and agility on the pitch, but also by their musical talents as they sang two of their native songs to rapturous applause.

The link between S.R.F.C. and Kenya dates back many years to 1984, when Mossy Connolly and Dermot Martin toured Kenya with Suttonians.

Dermot who now works with Kenya Orphan Aid accompanied the children on the night, while Mossy, a past president of SRFC worked with a large team of volunteers from the club to make it one to remember.

Kenya Orphan Aid supports “Nyumbani Home” near Nairobi Kenya which is home to over 100 children, all of whom are orphaned and living with A.I.D.S.

There are no travel, administration or any other expenses taken from donations made to Kenya Orphan Aid Ltd. All contributions are applied for the benefit of the children.

The charity is currently seeking funding to build a laboratory for the early detection and management of HIV infection and TB. The lab will service the orphanage, the village, the local community and the slums of Nairobi, where the needs are desperate and many children suffer from malnutrition as well as AIDS.

You can sponsor a child through Kenya Orphan Aid from just €10 per month. For more information, or to make a donation, see www.nyumbani.org , e-mail Kenyaorphanaid@eircom.net or call 01-8334265.