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Llanelli AFC visited two orphanages in Vilnius before their 3-1 defeat by FK Vetra in June 2007 in the UEFA Cup, organised by Gl trustee Neil Dymock, donating some shirts from the Gl's 'Get Shirty' Appeal as well as their own club shirts. Three bikes were also donated to the orphanages.

Director Elvyra Lotc welcomed Llanelli to the 3rd Vilnius Childrens Home in Grybo, where 76 children attend, aged between 1 and 18, and the children did a number of dances and sang songs for Llanelli manager, Peter Nicholas, and the Llanelli players.

Thanks to Keith Shannon, Lisa Thomas, Kristina Tumosaite, Maggie Yarunina for helping Neil arrange the visit.

Photo: Former Wales Captain Peter Nicholas and some of his Llanelli players and officials at the Grybo orphanage

Above: Former Wales Captain Peter Nicholas and some of his Llanelli players and officials at the Grybo orphanage.

Photo: Gary Lloyd, Rhys Griffiths and Stuart Jones who have represented Wales at various levels with some of the children at the Grybo orphanage.

Above: Gary Lloyd, Rhys Griffiths and Stuart Jones who have represented Wales at various levels with some of the children at the Grybo orphanage.

Photo: Lisa Thomas of the British Embassy and originally from Cardiff, presents a Taffs Well shirt to one of the children.

Above: Lisa Thomas of the British Embassy and originally from Cardiff, presents a Taffs Well shirt to one of the children.

May 2008, Llanelli donated a number of shirts for the Wales Supporters team to donate to Lviv Orphanage 102 for Mentally Defective Children.

Neil Dymock presented some Llanelli shirts to the children at the orphanage at 19 Pekarska Street, Lviv, Ukraine, 79004, as well as many sweets do nated by Gloria and Carol in the Reds Cafe.

The Wales Supporters team were taking part in the European Fans Championships in Lviv.

Photo: Christmas comes early for a boy at the orphange in Lviv as he becomes the proud owner of a Llanelli shirt. Photo: The Reds are Number one for these children at the orphanage in Lviv.

Above: Christmas comes early for a boy at the orphange in Lviv as he becomes the proud owner of a Llanelli shirt.

Above: The Reds are Number one for these children at the orphanage in Lviv.

July 2008 saw Llanelli visit neighbouring Latvia to face Ventspils in a Champions League game. Some of the officials and supporters visited the Selga Orphanage just outside Venspils, at 21 Perkona Street.

Marita Laipniece, Director of the orphanage, greeted the group as Llanelli shirts were yet again donated. On the evening of the game 18 year old Sintija Taurina from the Selga Home was a guest of Llanelli at the game, where she was on standby to help with translating services to improve her spoken English before she attends Ventspils University to study English.

Thanks to Didzis Stelbaums of the British Embassy in Riga for helping to organise the visit with Neil Dymock.

Photo: Llanelli and the Selga Children

Above: Llanelli and the Selga Children.

Photo: The children start to eat some of the sweets donated by club doctor Liz Davies

Above: The children with their sweets donated by club doctor, Liz Davies.

Photo: Hugh Roberts and Mike Hurley meet some of the Latvian Children

Above: Hugh Roberts and Mike Hurley meet some of the Latvian Children.

Photo: The Latvian Reds Fan Club
Above: The Latvian Reds Fan Club.

In March 2009, children from the 3rd Vilnius Childrens Home and the Selga Orphanage in Ventspils will be guests at the Wales v Finland and Llanelli v Porthmadog games on the 28th and 29th March respectively. Dita Blisina, 8, Baiba Sepe, 13, Kristaps Blisins, 10, and Kaspars Bergs, 16 from Latvia and Albert Pakevic, 13, Genrik Milevic, 17, Justina Blaevic, 15, and Greta Andrejeva, 14, from Lithuania, will visit Wales to see Tosh and Nico's teams.

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