PORTSMOUTH: Many Premiership footballers are getting their beach towels and suntan lotion out of storage as they jet off to exotic locations across the globe to relax after a long, hard season in England.
But Portsmouth defender Linvoy Primus and his West Bromwich Albion pal Darren Moore are gearing themselves up for a summer holiday of a different kind – a charity walk across the Great Wall of China.
Primus and Moore, who became friends while playing together at Portsmouth, will spend five days trekking across the famous landmark along with 12 other volunteers in a bid to raise money to build a school and medical centre in Nigeria.
The gruelling hike has been organised by Faith in Football, the religious charity set up by Primus and Moore to help needy children across the UK and provide support for Christian projects around the world.
Primus, 31, said he had no hesitation about swapping five-star hotels and sun-kissed beaches for two-man tents and a pair of hiking boots.
“It's quite funny because all of the other lads have got their holiday brochures for Tenerife and Cancun and I am off walking the Great Wall of China.
“I don't mind giving up my summer holiday, though, because this is a fantastic cause.
“It is too easy to take things for granted when you are a Premiership footballer, earning a lot of money and doing a job you love,” added Primus, who like Moore is a born-again Christian.
The pair have spent the last two summers carrying out missionary work on the back streets of Goa and India and hope to raise £50,000 from their latest mission.– AFP