Melbourne City FC and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) will come together for a bumper day of action at AAMI Park to support the nation’s bushfire recovery efforts with a charity match featuring greats from football, Hollywood and television.
The match will be a curtain raiser before Saturday night’s clash with Perth Glory at AAMI Park and will feature football greats and celebrities including; Craig Foster, Josip Skoko, Thomas Sorensen, Sarah Walsh, Kathryn Gill and celebrities Anthony LaPaglia, Ed Kavalee, Simon Hill and Shane Delia.
Manchester City icon Paul Dickov will also be a guest player for the match, making his way from the UK for the occasion. Manchester City have also contributed to the occasion, donating match-work Premier League shirts to auction off with all proceeds going to Rural Aid to help those who have been affected by the bushfires.
PFA Chief Executive John Didulica said its a testament to the football community that footballers and stars alike can come together for the cause.
“Uniting with the football community, particularly FFA, the Hyundai A-League, Hyundai itself and Melbourne City FC, demonstrates that football stands with those Australians who have suffered during this horrific period,” PFA Chief Executive John Didulica said.
“Through our initial fundraising efforts, our members have demonstrated how affected they have been by the scenes across Australia so we are really thankful that past players and other prominent members of the community are using their profile to hopefully build on the generosity we have seen across the nation.”
The Oz Football Aid initiative follows varied fundraising efforts through the PFA’s charitable arm, Footballers’ Trust, which has raised over $45,000 for player-nominated charities while the FFA and clubs, through their partnership with Rural Aid, have raised donations for bushfire and drought assistance to farmers, firefighters, families and their affected communities.
The match will kick off at 5pm and entry to AAMI Park will be valid with a ticket to the City vs. Perth match at 7.30pm at AAMI Park. For each ticket sale, Melbourne City FC will donate $2 to RuralAid. Tickets via Ticketek.