The Wales Futsal team recently competed in the FIFA Futsal World Cup Qualifying Round in Ciorescu, Moldova. Off the field, Gareth Wallwork’s side visited the Casa Gavroche Orphanage to see the work of the Wales football supporter’s charity, Gôl Cymru.
Gôl Cymru originally visited the orphanage in September 2017 ahead of Wales’ 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Moldova. As part of the visit, Gôl Cymru donated a number of resources to refurbish the orphanage, including paint, cabinets, bedding and towels in addition to match tickets for children and staff to attend the qualifier.
Following the match in September 2017, an appeal was organised for Wales fans to send in their unused Moldovan Lei currency which resulted in a donation of over £1000. Through the money raised, Wales futsal captain and JD Welsh Premier League player Chris Hugh of Barry Town United presented the orphanage with a laptop, soft toys and Moldovan and Wales shirts for the 16 children living at Casa Gavroche. The children later joined Gareth Wallwork’s side at the Futsal Arena to cheer the teams on during Wales’ winning match against Northern Ireland.
FAW Council Member and Gol Cymru Trustee Neil Dymock organised the visit and said, "It has been great to take the futsal team to Casa Gavroche. In 2017 the children met Wales fans and now they have had the opportunity to meet players from our country. It’s very special to see the donations from Welsh fans making a difference to the lives of these children at the orphanage, as the laptop and projector will greatly increase their educational opportunities.”
“The Moldovan Government fund the orphanage, but luxuries such as those donated today and outings are scarce for the children at these orphanages, as funding is stretched on essentials. The Moldovan organisation ADVIT and Anastasia Verlan were a great help in facilitating the visit and it was incredibly heart-warming to see our players and squad interacting with the children at Casa Gavroche."