Melbourne Victory supports bushfire appeal
Melbourne Victory today added its support to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund, following Football Federation Australia’s donation of $100,000, to assist individuals, families and communities affected by the devastating bushfires in Victoria.
Melbourne Victory today added its support to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund, following Football Federation Australia-s donation of $100,000, to assist individuals, families and communities affected by the devastating bushfires in Victoria.
The club and its playing group, in association with Hyundai, pledged $20,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Fund and announced further fundraising initiatives ahead of this Saturday-s Hyundai A-League 2009 Major Semi Final against Adelaide United at Telstra Dome.
“This national tragedy has touched all Victorians and we hope our contribution can go someway to help support the victims and rebuild communities,” Victory CEO Geoff Miles said.
“We are all thinking of the individuals, families and communities who have lost so much, and acknowledge the courage and extraordinary efforts of the firefighters and other emergency services personnel.
“We encourage all Melbourne Victory fans and the Victorian sporting public to get behind the Victorian Bushfire Fund, with donations being accepted this Saturday at Telstra Dome when we take on Adelaide.”
In addition to the cash donation, Victory aims to raise a further $40,000 by offering mascot positions for the club-s match against Adelaide.
20 positions are currently available for $2000 each, giving children aged between 8 and 13 the chance to accompany a player onto the pitch and join the teams for the official photos, which will be taken immediately before kick off.
The exclusive opportunity can be secured by calling 1300 GO MVFC (46 6832) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victory supporters will be able to donate money to the Victorian Bushfire Fund this Saturday, with collectors to be on hand at Telstra Dome prior to, and during, the match.
Victory has partnered with FFA to distribute 2000 tickets for Saturday-s match to families affected by the bushfires, as well as firefighters and other emergency services workers.
One minute-s silence will be observed before kick off to remember victims of the bushfires, while all Victory and Adelaide players and officials will wear black armbands as a mark of respect.
Victory will also donate signed merchandise and football equipment to sporting clubs, schools and organisations throughout the affected areas for fundraising purposes and to replace equipment damaged in the bushfires.