Northern Ireland Fan, Football For All Ambassador, sports, radio and television presenter Colin Murray has thrown out a new charity challenge to football fans and the wider public in 2019.
He is asking for 100 people to raise at least £100 in the next 100 days to support the Cancer Fund for Children and the work of the Irish FA’s Foundation working with disadvantaged youth all across Northern Ireland.
Colin said, “This is a good chance to do something for great causes right in our own backyard and have some fun at the same time.
"It is totally up to you what you want to do. Anything goes, and I mean anything. I walked through Belfast City Centre in a Mankini for Football For All so go for it.
“Hopefully, we can find 100 members of the Green and White Army to take up the challenge. What we’ve done off the pitch so far this century is just as important as on it!”
Irish FA Foundation Director of Football Development, Michael Boyd added, “Approximately one in every five children in Northern Ireland are involved in our Foundation’s football for all, health and education programmes.
"Both our Foundation and the Cancer Fund for Children carry out essential services caring for young people and their well-being. All money raised from the fundraising shall be split 50/50 between our charity and the Cancer Fund for Children."
Phil Alexander, Cancer Fund for Children Director of Services said, “Last year Cancer Fund for Children supported 464 families impacted by cancer.
"This includes children diagnosed with cancer and their parents and siblings, and also children who have a parent diagnosed with cancer. We quite simply could not provide essential, practical, financial and emotional support to these young people and their families without the backing of the local community.
"We would urge the Green and White Army to throw their support behind Colin’s charity challenge so that we can connect, empower and strengthen even more young people and families across Northern Ireland in 2019.”
The rules of the charity challenge are simple:
1. Contact Richard Forsythe at the Irish FA Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for the challenge. Richard can provide advice and a list of fun fundraising activities to help spark an idea. The first 100 people to register shall be published on the Irish FA website as our Charity Challenge Champions for 2019 and each will receive a personal thankyou letter from Michael O’Neill upon completion of their event.
2. Hold your fun fundraising event between 1st March and 8th June 2019 using the hashtag #FFAchallenge19 to help promote your good work online.
3. Submit the funds you have raised to Richard Forsythe by 28th June 2019.
Special Money Can’t Buy Prizes
1. There will be a special prize for the top fundraiser, the person who raises the most money. The top fundraiser shall receive 4 VIP tickets to the Northern Ireland vs Luxembourg game on 5th September 2019, travelling to the match on the official team bus with the NI stars.
2. The Fundraiser who organises the funniest challenge event shall win a special mystery prize. Colin Murray shall select the winner for this.