Arsenal Football Club dedicated its Premier League match against Fulham on Saturday to Save the Children, which saw players and supporters join forces to help support the Club’s global charity partner.
As part of the day, players donated a day’s wages along with many Arsenal staff to help raise funds for the charity, while a host of other fundraising initiatives took place in and around Emirates Stadium. Supporters also had the chance to contribute to the partnership, which will support education projects in the UK and overseas and enable the poorest children to get a better start in life and fulfil their potential.
Volunteers were out in force and were joined pre-match by two familiar faces in Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere, who both did their bit by bucket collecting and selling raffle tickets outside on the podium - much to the surprise and delight of home supporters.
Elsewhere, Gunnersaurus led a half-time pitch collection, 50 pence from every matchday programme sold was donated to Save the Children and co-branded charity sportsbands, as modelled by the Arsenal players, were snapped up in Club retail outlets. At least £2 from each sale went towards the partnership.
Before the game, both Arsenal and Fulham players warmed up on the pitch in Save the Children t-shirts while supporters’ group REDAction paraded a giant flag in the North Bank immediately prior to kick-off.
Arsenal fans that couldn’t attend the match in person were also able to get involved by ‘taking their seat’ in the new Matchday LIVE app on the Club’s official Facebook page, enabling them to find out more about the charity’s work while enjoying live updates of the match action.
Speaking about the matchday, manager Arsène Wenger said: "It’s something that we are delighted to do. In England, the charity work is exceptional and we are happy to contribute to that. We want to show our heart on the pitch and off it."
Arsenal captain, Robin van Persie added: “The whole squad were given a presentation by Save the Children recently, who explained what they are doing all over the world. It’s unbelievable and we really appreciate their work. We all realise we can’t save the world, but we can all do our little bit.”
For more information about the partnership visit www.arsenal.com/savethechildren.
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