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Sir Bobby Charlton - why he makes every second count



The Telegraph carried a report on the irrepressible 75-year-old football legend's latest projects. (No link available.)

Half a century ago, Bobby Charlton was one of very few Manchester United players to survive a snowy crash in Munich. Harry Gregg dragged him out of the burning plane. He went on to become a goal-scoring phenomenon, winning more goals for England (49) and for Manchester United (249) than any other player, and winning the World Cup with England in 1966.

He made every second count.

He still does. It seems touchingly appropriate that he has taken up the campaign to clear landmines, which Princess Diana once spearheaded.

Children trying to play football are among the most numerous victims of landmines. They can't play football without legs. They can't get rid of all the landmines by digging them up with their pen knives.

When he saw this outrage firsthand, Bobby Charlton contacted bomb disposal experts and Rapiscan, a company which manufactures metal detectors for airports. His project is called Find A Better Way.

Bobby Charlton wants to feel he's 'giving back'. He is.

Update: Opera Buff writes that the Bobby Charlton story is now online. Thanks!

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