City Football Group (CFG) will fund six charitable projects around the world thanks to the overwhelming support of fans.
Before Christmas, Melbourne City FC asked fans to back our Cityzens Giving campaign and we are proud to reveal that a staggering 85,967 of you did just that.
This is CFG's largest ever public-facing campaign and it has been made extra special by the fact it was a group effort.
Melbourne City FC, its partners and most importantly, the fans, have come together to help make positive changes to communities across the globe.
Cityzens Giving asked supporters to vote on how $850,000 AUD, donated by CFG and its partners, should be split between six causes on six different continents.
The funds will be used to help young people tackle tough challenges affecting their communities, through the power of football.
By choosing a cause, City fans have made a difference to the lives of people in Melbourne (Australia), Cape Coast (Ghana), Kolkata (India), New York (United States), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Manchester (United Kingdom).
The Healthy Goals project in Kolkata gained the most votes and will receive $212,500, which will be used to deliver potentially life-saving health and hygiene education to children and teenagers.
We are also delighted that $74,375 will go to Melbourne City’s local I Speak Football program, which uses football to connect isolated young people and support them to make friends, build leadership skills and reduce loneliness.
This is the second time we have ran the Cityzens Giving campaign, taking the total commitment in 2015 and 2016 - by CFG and its partners - to $2 million, funding nine community football projects worldwide.
In addition to the 2016 projects, we have continued to fund initiatives in Cape Town (South Africa), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Baranquilla (Colombia).
This wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic efforts of Melbourne City FC fans and we would like to thank everyone who has participated for their support over the past two years.