85,000 fans support Cityzens Giving
- 25 January 2016 08:44
- Posted by @MCFC
Manchester City will fund six charitable projects around the world thanks to the overwhelming support of the Club’s fans.
Before Christmas, we asked Blues to back our Cityzens Giving campaign and we are proud to reveal that a staggering 85,967 of you did just that.
This is our largest ever public-facing campaign and it has been made extra special by the fact it was a MCFC-wide effort.
The Club, its partners and most importantly, the fans, have come together to help make positive changes to communities across the globe.
Cityzens Giving asked supporters to vote on how £400,000, donated by the City Football Group (CFG) and its partners, should be split between six causes on six different continents.
This money will be used to help young people tackle tough challenges affecting their communities, through the power of football.
By choosing a cause, City fans have made a difference to the lives of people in Cape Coast (Ghana), Kolkata (India), Melbourne (Australia), New York (United States), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Manchester.
The Healthy Goals project in Kolkata gained the most votes and will receive £100,000, which will be used to deliver potentially life-saving health and hygiene education to children and teenagers.
We are also delighted that £80,075 will go to the local Boots and Beats project, which utilises music and football to tackle the issue of youth unemployment in Manchester.
Young Leader, Roosevelt aged 17 from Manchester’s Boots and Beats said: “We are really grateful to City fans for voting for us.
"The funds will help us reach more disadvantaged young people in the Greater Manchester community and support them in improving their skills and building confidence through music and football.”
But City fans’ incredible gesture did not end at simply casting a vote.
This year, the much-loved City Christmas jumper took on greater significance because the CFG pledged to donate an additional £5 to Cityzens Giving projects for every jumper purchased.
A fantastic effort by City fans during the festive period saw 8400 jumpers fly out of the City Store, which means an additional £42,000 has been raised.
This is the second time we have ran the Cityzens Giving campaign and the money donated this year, plus the funds raised from Christmas jumper sales, means that the CFG and its partners have now committed £1million to help fund nine community football projects worldwide.
In addition to the 2016 projects, we have continued to fund initiatives in Cape Town (South Africa), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Baranquilla (Colombia).
This wouldn’t be possible without the brilliant efforts of MCFC fans and we would like to thank everyone who has participated for their support over the past two years.