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    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/brandafrica.jpg">Michael Brand is used to putting the tackles in against opposition in the Welfare and North Caledonian leagues, but this winter, the talented midfielder will be tackling climates and cultures thousands of miles away.<br /><br />Thistle's hard working centre mid is set to leave Scotland for Kurland Village (near Plettenberg Bay) in South Africa this week to work with charitable organization, WWISA (Willing Workers in South Africa) to teach sports to children and adults within the community.<br /><br />Michael grabbed a chance to speak to TainThistle.co.uk before his departure and is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the village, even if it does take him away from beloved Thistle.<br /><br /><i>"The village is in extreme poverty, which means I will get involved in other projects like building houses and improving the facilities within the community. It's going to be an interesting time and I've no doubt I'll find out more when I get there."<br /><br />"I did the Inverness Half-Marathon in March and raised £850 to help me get across to South Africa and I'll be taking a number of footballs, pumps, strips and other items that have been donated by people in Tain and the surrounding area."<br /><br />"Also, paper, pens and stationery for their schools; these can be bought with money that has been donated from the Tain area, family and friends of mine - Tain Royal Academy in particular has raised £218 which I will take across with me."<br /><br />"The support I've had from family and friends to raise money, items and awareness has been brilliant - all in all, I've raised over £1000 worth of money and items to help the community in Kurland."<br /><br />"I've always wanted to help people that are less fortunate than ourselves."<br /><br />"My friend Ross Macleod recommended me to the experience and I am really looking forward to it."</i><br /><br />Michael encourages everyone to visit <a href="http://www.wwisa.co.za">http://www.wwisa.co.za</a> to have a look at the great work the organization carries out and to view footage on Youtube about Kurland Village to help others understand about their plight.

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