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Launching the campaign

During a project in Colombia last year, one of our Engineers, Santiago Lopez, was introduced to ‘Real Cayumba’, a children’s’ football team from a small town called Puerto Wilches. Santi noticed many of the children were playing football in their bare feet and that they had no football strips. The strips were easy – Merlin worked with the team to design a unique football strip, locally produced, that reflected the team’s values and children’s personalities. The children loved them.

The boots were a bit more of a challenge, but after Santi notified the Merlin team in the UK, we quickly got to work setting up the campaign we named, ‘Boots for Colombia’.

In November 2021, with the help of the local communities in Perth and Crieff, Merlin successfully collected over 30 pairs of boots and managed to ensure that each Real Cayumba player received a pair just before Christmas.

Thanks to everyone who donated

Merlin has always taken pride in being located in Perth – though officially classed as a city, and with a modest population of just 48,000, the community spirit can be found in abundance.

A special thanks to The Courier, Tay FM, and Saints in the Community, who all helped us gain momentum for the campaign by providing PR and support. Everyone involved did a brilliant job helping us to collect , clean, and prepare the boots for shipping.

A great cause

The Merlin team were delighted to be able to help Real Cayumba enjoy the sport they are so passionate about. Managing director Ron Ramage said: “I’m proud of the Merlin team for tackling this head on and making a difference to these children’s lives”.

“I’m proud of the Merlin team for tackling this head on and making a difference to these children’s lives”.

A Christmas to remember

As mentioned above, Merlin had previously worked with the team in October 2021 to design and supply a unique football strip.

Then in December 2021, just a few days before Christmas, the project was complete. The polished-up boots arrived safely and the Real Cayumba children can be seen pictured above, proudly sporting their new football boots and strips.

All that’s left for them to do now is enjoy playing football!