The Arsenal Foundation has now raised £1 million for its global charity partner Save the Children. Players Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin made the announcement in a video.
The video features Arsenal Foundation Ambassadors Martin Keown and Robert Pires, as well as current midfielder Abou Diaby, meeting some of the children who have been helped through the Save the Children programmes that The Arsenal Foundation has funded. The funds raised have, for example, helped Save the Children respond to emergencies in the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Syria and, most recently in Nepal.
The ‘1 MILLION’ strip, worn by Giroud in the film, was presented to the charity’s Chief Executive Justin Forsyth by Arsène Wenger at the annual Arsenal Foundation Ball last month.
Arsenal Football Club announced Save the Children as their first ever global charity partner in July 2011.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the Arsenal players and fans for reaching this amazing fundraising milestone. Through The Arsenal Foundation’s ongoing support we’ve been able to respond to emergencies around the world and change the lives of thousands of children from China to Sierra Leone. We’re immensely proud of our partnership with Arsenal. By working together we can harness the power of football to inspire and transform children’s lives.”
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