English fans groups initiate refugees’ solidarity campaign10 September 2015

AcoalitionoffootballfangroupsinEnglandhaslaunchedarefugees’solidaritycampaigntoraisefundsandcollectfootballrelatedmaterialtodistributetorefugeeslivingintheCalaisrefugeecamp,inFrance.

The ‘Refugees are my football family‘ campaign is being organised by the T-shirt company Philosophy Football and is backed by football anti-discrimination and supporter groups, including Fare, Football Supporters’ Federation, Football Beyond Borders and Kick it Out.69723.PHILO

Funds raised by the sale of the campaign’s dedicated T-shirt will go to Doctors of the World, which staffs the only medical clinic in the Calais camp. Each T-shirt sold will fund an individual refugees’ hygiene kit to help prevent the spread of disease in the overcrowded camps.

Every ten T-shirts sold will pay for a doctor and two nurses to staff the clinic for a day.

The Philosophy Football co-founder Mark Perryman said the aim was “to raise a lot of money going directly to where the help is needed most backed by hundreds, thousands, of fans wearing the message that ours is a football culture that is open and welcoming with a human generosity of spirit.”

The T-shirt company is also organising a convoy to Calais carrying club scarves, which are among the items requested by charities operating in the region as winter approaches.

Philosophy Football co-founder stressed that the journey would represent “from one home of football, a powerful symbol of the kind of humanitarian hospitality all fans can be proud of”.

To participate:

Send clean, good condition club scarves before Friday 9 October to Philosophy Football PO Box 11140, Harwich England CO12 9AP . Please include your name, address and email in legible writing.

or

Purchase the fundraising T-shirt ‘Refugees are Our Football Family’ here 

From The Guardian

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