Rehman: ‘United move was a no-brainer’

By Will Astbury

Zesh Rehman’s brother has claimed that the footballer made the right decision when he agreed to be transferred to a new club in Thailand.

Riz Rehman, who is the CEO of the Zesh Rehman Foundation – a charity organisation which operates in Bradford and Manchester, described to Manchester Mouth how his brother’s transfer to Muangthong United came about and why it was the right move for the footballer.

Apparently the offer for Zesh, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League and was Bradford captain at the time, came as a surprise to both the player and his people…

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Wythenshawe school helps Thai Kids

By Will Astbury

STAFF and pupils from a Manchester school have recently been working to help children from a Thai orphanage.

Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe has made an appeal for local people to donate toys to them so they can give them to the children who live in the Pattaya Orphanage.

Teachers and Year 11 pupils from St Paul’s are planning to visit Thailand during the school holidays to help improve the orphan’s lives.

Angie Holland, who visited Pattaya Orphanage as part of the St Paul’s team last year, spoke of her Thai experience to Independent Catholic News, saying: “I saw one young boy was delighted with his toy, he was very keen to show me, it was a broken car with no wheels on the end of a fraying piece of string. My eyes filled with tears to see how grateful he was for so little and I vowed to help provide them with something better.”

The trip is part of the pupil’s GCSE Citizenship work and has been financed by the teenagers themselves. They washed cars, completed sponsored walks and packed bags in supermarkets to raise the cash.

Chorlton-based shop, Little Nut Tree Toys, has offered to help the St Paul’s crew by donating a vast number of toys to the cause.

Mrs Ursula Gallagher, head of humanities at Saint Paul’s, said: “This is such a worthwhile cause, Pattaya Orphanage does a great job in helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Thailand. They care for abandoned, disabled, tsunami survivors and street children.

“The orphanage provides a home, education and offers a positive future for almost one thousand children; in addition, they help many others through their health and nutrition projects.

“It is important for our pupils to care about the wider community and I am delighted to see them finding ways to contribute towards the care of those less fortunate than themselves.”

The yearly trip and donation is a costly process and the charity is funded almost entirely by voluntary donations.

It teaches pupils about globalization, social inequality, and cultural diversity. St Paul’s not only donate toys to the orphans but also teach them about numeracy, literacy and physical education.