Saturday 10 August 2013
Cardiff City have announced plans to benefit local charities from their promotion to the Barclays Premier League.
The idea to donate £1m to local charities has come from the club’s owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan as a means to support the work by many in the local community.
"We want to support the charitable organisations and disadvantaged members of the South Wales community"
Tan Sri Vincent Tan
Tan has pledged that Cardiff City will repeat the donation annually to community-based organisations for as long as he remains the club’s majority/controlling shareholder and the club is in the Barclays Premier League.
With the input of club staff, management and players, about 50 Welsh-connected charities and community schemes have been selected. Representatives of those chosen have been invited to Cardiff City Stadium for an official “Thanks a Million” reception 15 August.
“I firmly believe that Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League after a long 51-year wait to play at the top level is a blessing,” Tan said. “With the grace of God we want to use this blessing positively to support the charitable organisations and disadvantaged members of the South Wales community, in particular in Cardiff and the valleys, where most of our supporters are based.
“Our promotion to the best league in the world is by no means the result of one person, but the collective hardworking efforts of many good people, namely management, coaches, staff, players and most importantly the fans of this great club.”
Sully’s Ty Hafan hospice for children is one of the charities that will benefit from the pledge. “Cardiff City FC have been dedicated supporters of Ty Hafan for a number of years and their continued support will make a huge difference to the hundreds of life-limited children young people and their families from across Wales,” Frank Ady, head of business at the hospice told WalesOnline.
Other charities to benefit include Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales, Cardiff Foodbank, St John Wales, the Welsh Guards Appeal, Latch, Age Cymru, Prince’s Trust Cymru, Welsh Football Trust Disability Programme and Valley Kids.
Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman, who will welcome the charities at the stadium on Thursday, along with the manager Malky Mackay and his first-team squad, was proud to be part of the promise made by Tan.
“The club’s backing of community organisations across Cardiff and the valleys deserves great credit, which all of us are proud to be associated with,” Dalman said. “I am sure that this donation will be well received and utilised, while all at Cardiff City Football Club look forward to continuing our longstanding community support for years to come.”