Kneida – Kaunas, Lithuania
Friday 3 September by Judith Cruickshank
On the afternoon before the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier, eight footsoldiers visited the head quarters of KNIEDA to present a donation from the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal. We were met by the chairman of the Association, Stanislava Mikniūnienė, and her husband who welcomed us and introduced us to the children and their families who were able to attend.
KNIEDA is a voluntary organisation for the residents of Kaunas city which currently runs two projects – a Saturday club, and an annual summer camp – for 86 children, split across four groups according to their ability. More information on the association can be found on their website: http://www.kneida.lt/
Following the formal presentation, footsoldiers distributed goodies and gifts from Scotland, with the ‘See You Jimmy hats’ bringing big smiles from the children – and parents who were all trying them on and getting their pictures taken! We were also given the opportunity to look round the headquarters and the facilities which are available to the children while they attend the Saturday club. Photo albums were available of the recent summer camp, where children and their families enjoyed a break in Karklė village, a resource which the Association has been able to offer families since 1997.