This year will see Cliftonville Football Club host our sixth annual Foodbank Collection and we are again delighted to assist the North Belfast Advice Partnership in their Christmas drive to support families within our community.
The primary collection will be held ahead of the Reds’ Danske Bank Premiership fixture with Portadown next Saturday, November 28, however with Covid-19 restrictions meaning that we will have fewer fans in attendance to contribute to what has been one of the biggest days on the NBAP calendar, we will soon announce additional drop-off times over the course of that weekend.
We are likewise aware that not everybody who would like to take part will necessarily be able to get to Solitude to make a donation, which is why the Club are also pleased to support NBAP’s ‘Sponsor A Child For Christmas’ campaign – a project which aims to help as many youngsters as possible receive presents this festive season.
Sponsorship costs £50 and we are encouraging our fans to contribute whatever they can, with the final sum collated so that the Club can sponsor a number of children in North Belfast. So whether you can offer £5, £10 or £20, anything you can afford will make a valuable difference.
It hasn’t been an easy year for a lot of children in our community and you can donate online by clicking here.
Sinead McKinley of the NBAP has advised that 2020 has seen a huge increase in the number of families in need of support due to the global pandemic which has led to job cuts across all sectors – including circumstances where both parents have lost their employment – meaning that feeding families is now much more difficult than it was even five months ago.
Cliftonville Chairman Gerard Lawlor explained: “We are delighted to once again partner with Sinead and her team at the North Belfast Advice Partnership.
“They work tirelessly to help all the community and they deserve not only our but everyone’s support, particularly at what has been and remains a very challenging time.
“Everyone at Cliftonville is committed to helping them in whatever way we can and we ask our fans to get behind their 2020 Christmas Campaign.”
Items sought for Foodbank Collection
Rice/ Pasta/ Noodles
Jars of Cook-In Sauces
Tea/ Coffee/ Sugar
Tins of Peas/ Carrots/ Beans
Tin Fruit/ Custard/ Jelly
Tins of Meat/ Fish
Long Life Milk
Vouchers for Asda/ Tesco (for milk, bread etc)
In addition, any toys, books, Selection Boxes or cuddly toys that could be given as presents to children would be welcome, as would children’s pyjamas, underwear, hats, scarves and gloves.