Melbourne Heart partners with Save the Children

Heart officially announced its partnership with Save the Children Australia today

Melbourne Heart FC announced a unique partnership with Save the Children Australia today, celebrating the newly-formed alliance with a visit from the Club's Chief Executive Officer Scott Munn and striker Dylan Maccallister.

Heart and Save the Children will be official partners for the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season to help build the community profile of both organisations.

The partnership will help raise vital funds for Save the Children-s work with vulnerable children and their families - at home and overseas.

Further, at a designated Melbourne Heart home game during the season, Save the Children-s volunteers will be posted inside and outside the venue to raise funds for the leading child right-s agency-s vital Australian and international programs.

Ten lucky children will have the opportunity to play in a half-time game and five children will be official mascots. Melbourne Heart will also provide a signed playing jumper for auction.

In return, Save the Children will promote all Melbourne Heart home games to staff, program participants, volunteers and community supporters.

Save the Children CEO Suzanne Dvorak said the unique partnership was a win for both organisations.

“This is a fantastic result for Save the Children and Melbourne Heart and we look forward to building on our relationship,-- Ms Dvorak said.

“We are thrilled to partner with a football club that has shown great heart for vulnerable children. Even the red and white colours of both organisations match up perfectly. It is obvious that Melbourne Heart has a strong commitment to the community and we encourage all Save the Children supporters to get to their games to support this great club.--

CEO Munn said that the club was delighted to be aligned to an organisation that promotes children-s rights.

“Save the Children is an organisation whose values lie in promoting the greater good within society and it is an honour to partner such an organisation,” Munn said.

“Giving young children the chance to play a half-time game and feature as official mascots will hopefully give them special motivation and encouragement to chase their dreams, on the sports field, in the classroom or in other areas of life.”

Photo by Jim McFarlane