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From Monklands to Mongolia: Big-hearted Airdrieonians fans to build houses for the homeless on charity trip

Date: 17th September 2015

A group of Airdrieonian Supporters Trust members have travelled more than 4000 miles — to build homes for people in Mongolia.

Members from the Trust have jetted to central Asia on the back of their successful appeals through charity KitAid.

The dedicated diehards are spending 10 days in Mongolia and are living alongside villagers in one of the poorest and most remote parts of the country.

A reception will be held for them at the British Embassy in the capital Ulaanbaatar.

And a match against AK Bayangol — who benefited thanks to a strips donation from Airdrie supporters’ team Internazioswally FC — has been organised.

However, most of the group’s time will be spent building huts so that homeless people have somewhere to live.

Diamonds Trust member Jamie Leishman said: “It all really started from the launch of the trust’s appeal with KitAid last year. We got speaking to a company who deal with adventure holidays and trekking.

“We thought about going to Mongolia, as we sent a football team over there a set of strips. Now we plan to do a bit more.

“We’ve raised money to build a couple of homes and take them some medical equipment.

“We’ll play three games on our travels; two in the capital and one which will just be a kickabout against locals where we will be going.

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