Three committee members from Le Tournoi, Jersey’s most diverse sporting charity, are beginning 2010 with a fundraising expedition to Guatemala to scale three active volcanoes and visit children the charity supports in the region.

The trip, which also marks Le Tournoi’s tenth anniversary, will begin on Thursday 21st January 2010, when Andy Le Seelleur, John Hanley and Michael Fitzgerald are scheduled to leave Jersey to scale the heights of Acatenango, Pacaya and Fuego on the outskirts of the former Guatemalan capital, Antigua.

Once all three peaks have been scaled, the team will spend a few days at a local school where five children are sponsored through Le Tournoi’s involvement with the Education for the Children Foundation (EFTC).

Le Tournoi Vice Chairman, John Hanley, explained: “It’s amazing that our charity, which started out ten years ago as a simple one-off soccer event, has grown into Jersey’s most diverse sporting charity and we want to do something out of the ordinary to mark the occasion. We support only one non-Jersey charity, which is EFTC. It brings us numerous reciprocal opportunities for the benefit of islanders and in return we pledge an amount each year to sponsor five Guatemalan children through EFTC’s poverty-to-education initiative.”

The equipment for the expedition has been funded by Le Tournoi’s main sponsor, Investec. Head of Investec Specialist Private Bank, Kevin Allen, said: “Le Tournoi has achieved a significant amount in the last decade, and it is a pleasure to assist them in their charitable work. They have a vast reach in the Channel Islands community, supporting many worthwhile charities, including the Jersey Sports Assocation for the Disabled (JSAD), an organisation Investec has worked with for a number of years.

“I wish the team every success in their latest fund raising campaign,” added Mr Allen.

Alongside fundraising for the trip, the trio have launched the ‘Make Kit Happen’ appeal, which gives parents and children the chance to clear out any unwanted or outgrown sports kit to give to children in Guatemala.

Mr Hanley further explains, “We launched this appeal to highlight the plight of our sponsored kids and the fact that they have almost nothing in life. Donating unwanted sports kit is a simple way to inspire them to enjoy sport, something our own children can take for granted. We’ve received everything from full strips to boots, tracksuits and shin pads – these kids have virtually nothing and it’s difficult to envisage the joy that something so simple can bring.”

“It’s amazing that our charity, which started out ten years ago as a simple one-off soccer event, has grown into Jersey’s most diverse sporting charity,” he added.

The appeal has already been hugely successful but the team still welcome any further donations.

Anyone wishing to donate to the ‘Make Kit Happen’ appeal should e-mail admin@letournoi.org to arrange drop-off or collection. –ENDS-

Notes to Editors

For further information on the trip, please visit http://www.letournoi.org/

Andy Le Seelleur, John Hanley and Michael Fitzgerald will depart Jersey on Thursday 21st January, with the trek happening between 23rd and 25th January. They will return to Jersey on Saturday 30th January 2010.

Investec Trust (Jersey) Limited

Investec Trust (Jersey) Limited, part of the Investec Group, is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission to conduct trust company business and fund services business pursuant to the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998, as amended.  Registered in Jersey with company number 58347, registered office One The Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3QA.  Please visit our website www.investectrust.com for further information.

The Jersey branch of Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission to carry on deposit taking business under the Banking Business (Jersey) Law 1991, as amended.  The Jersey branch office registered address is One the Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey JE2 3QA.

Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited (“the Bank”) in Guernsey is a division of Investec Private Bank and part of Investec Bank plc.  The Bank is licensed by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission to carry on banking and investment business in Guernsey and is registered under the Banking Supervision (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 1994, as amended.  Registered in Guernsey with company number 5845, registered office La Vieille Cour, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3LP.  Please visit our website www.investec-ci.com for further information.

EFTC

EFTC was founded six years ago to save a small Guatemalan school from closure. Since then the pupil numbers supported by EFTC has blossomed to a massive 427, from pre-school to university, and an additional 33 kids have been re-housed or taken into their care.

For further information, please visit http://www.eftc.org.uk/

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Zara Blake or Andrea Mackenzie, Orchid Communications
E: zara@orchid.je or T: 01534 888992