Monday 28 November 2011

Gunners' charity matchday is a hit

Fans and players contribute as Gunners dedicate match against Fulham to Save the Children

Jack Wilshere collected for the charity ahead of the match

Arsenal say their decision to dedicate Saturday's Barclays Premier League match to the Save the Children chairty was a huge success.

Gunners' players donated a day's wages to the Club’s global charity partner, and there were plenty of other fundraising initiatives in and around the Emirates on Saturday.

Volunteers were joined pre-match by stars Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere, who were collecting in buckets and selling raffle tickets on the podium.

Elsewhere, Club mascot Gunnersaurus led a half-time pitch collection and 50 pence from every matchday programme sold was donated to Save the Children.

"Save the Children's work is unbelievable and we really appreciate it. We all realise we can’t save the world, but we can all do our little bit"
- Robin van Persie

Co-branded charity sportsbands, as modelled by the Arsenal players, were snapped up in Club retail outlets, with at least £2 from each sale going towards the partnership.

Supporters’ group REDAction unveiled a giant flag in the North Bank before kick-off.

Arsenal manager Arsene 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 was 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."

The match proved to be a closely-fought affair, with Thomas Vermaelen's late strike cancelling out his earlier own goal as it finished 1-1.

The Club's global partnership with Save the Children is aimed at helping the poorest children get a better start in life and give them the chance to grow and fulfil their potential.

To make a donation and help the Club in its efforts to support education projects in the UK and overseas, go to Arsenal's Just Giving page.

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Key Points

  • Save the Children is Arsenal's Global Charity Partner
  • Players donated a day's wages to charity
  • Match with Fulham ended in a 1-1 draw