#StillStandingFree – Help support the fight against COVID-19
In response to the growing spread of coronavirus, Aberdeen Football Club and Aberdeen FC Community Trust have marshalled their forces to support fans and the wider community in the North-East.
Our approach is two–pronged: making contact with fans during this time of social isolation with a target to telephone 12,000 people by the end of May and also providing a food delivery service to some of our most vulnerable young people and their families across the region.
With football, training and coaching suspended, we have focussed the staff of AFC Community Trust and the football club on providing support to the community. Our staff are now working tirelessly to support the community in any way we can.
We have a team of staff who are making calls to people across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. In addition, the Chairman Dave Cormack, the Manager Derek McInnes, first team players and former players have rallied to the cause and have provided fabulous support for this initiative bringing much joy and laughter to the fans. The aim is to bring that human connection at a time when people are socially isolated. As well as providing direct support to those on the phone calls, this contact is having a wider impact. Families who live in other parts of the country or indeed the world have shared how grateful they are for reaching out to their loved ones in the city and shire who have no one else during this time.
We have partnered with Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) to make deliveries of food to areas where we already work to reduce food poverty, supporting children during the school closures. We are supporting on average 200 people a day in areas from Mastrick to MacDuff, helping some of the most vulnerable children and their families.
Our #StillStandingFree campaign has been running since Friday 20th March and since then has made a massive impact on those who need it most.
AFC Chairman, Dave Cormack, said: “Aberdeen Football Club has been at the heart of our community for over 100 years. Today, we stand ready to do whatever we can to assist the community in what is a rapidly escalating, unprecedented situation.
“Throughout our history, we have been supported by our revered and loyal Red Army, Standing Free every step of the way. Now, we will rally behind our fans and the wider community in their time of need.
“Alfredo Di Stefano once said that ‘Aberdeen have what money can’t buy, a soul, a team spirit, built in a family tradition’. By galvanising our fans and the wider community, we aim to build a Team Aberdeen approach to winning the war against COVID-19.”
AFCCT’s Chief Executive, Liz Bowie commented on the work the Trust are doing during this time: “Initially we are going to target those families and children that the Trust work within a regular basis trying to alleviate food poverty.
“There are a lot of kids at the moment that we feed before and after school and we were going to be feeding normally during the Easter Holidays but these kids are not going to get fed now unless we are out there doing it.
“We are also going to support CFINE in doing some of the deliveries to vulnerable people for them. We have got the best fans in the world. Initially what we are asking The Dons supporters to do is to donate food.”
Alternatively you can donate directly to AFCCT to support our community in Aberdeen and the North-East during these unprecedented times and in the months beyond.
AFC Directors to match 10% of season ticket sales in AFCCT funds
To enable the Trust to continue this valuable community outreach programme AFC Board of Directors have pledged to donate 10% of the total revenues generated by the sale of season tickets and have agreed to extend the deadline for their 10% matched donation to the Trust from 30th April to 1st June.
With that news we have now set the ambitious target of generating £200,000 through a matched donation, to allow the Trust to continue its vital work in supporting those most in need in our community through the COVID19 crisis.
We appreciate that everyone will have their own difficulties to deal with and are truly thankful for all the contributions which have been made to the Club so far.
20/21 season tickets are available now online via afc.co.uk/eTickets, or by calling the Ticket Office on 01224 63 1903 Monday – Friday between 10am and 5pm.
You can support the #StillStandingFree campaign in a number of ways:
- By donating food directly to CFINE at the following address: Community Food Initiatives North-East, 2-4 Poynernook Rd, Aberdeen AB11 5RW
- By donating to AFCCT you will help our community in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland during these unprecedented times. Your donations will help to support some of the most vulnerable people in our locality in the coming months. Your donation will provide direct support and will enable the Trust to fund this activity during this uncertain period.
- Purchase your season ticket, if you are able to, in May as this will have a direct positive impact on the Trust and the work we are able to carry out.
A dedicated email address has been set up for those wishing to contact the Club to find out more about the above initiatives. The address is : email@example.com.