Wrighty's trip to Guatemala
- 30 May 2011 10:47
- Posted by David Clayton/Pics: Sharon Latham
Shaun Wright-Phillips hopped off the Blues' open-top bus parade and straight on to a plane bound for Guatemala where he has been an ambassador for his chosen charity Education for the Children since 2007.
With Club photographer Sharon Latham in tow plus his aunt and Mum, Wrighty wasted no time in getting stuck in and started by helping dig out the foundations for a new home that would help change the lives of at least one local family whose previous house was set to collapse down a mountainside.
With time against him, there was just time to return to the hotel, shower and then it was off to help out at play-time at the village school, much to the delight of the youngsters who have been looking forward to Shaun's visit for several months.
Of course, no visit would be complete without at least one knockaround and, as ever, Wrighty seems to have picked up two man-markers to keep him quiet. The benefits of even such a seemingly simple game of football can give new direction and hope to hundreds of children who need role models and living examples of what hard work and application can achieve.
Towards the end of a long day and, having helped complete a new home for Henry (pictured, right) the natural parental instinct Shaun has in abundance takes over with a story and half-hour of chilling out on the cushions. It's not hard to see what the local kids think of Wrighty who seems to have replicated his popularity with the City fans with the Guatemalan children.
Finally, towards the end of the four-day stay, the village comes out en masse to say thanks to somebody they regard as a hero - and rightly so. EFTC is a worthy and hugely beneficial foundation and for more details and information on Shaun's previous three visits, click here.