Every penny raised from the money-can’t-buy items and experiences will go towards supporting targeted projects near each of City Football Group’s clubs, which all aim to make a positive difference in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ten projects range from providing mental health support to young people affected by the pandemic to supplying the most vulnerable families with free, healthy meals, and reconnecting children to their education.
In Manchester, the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health was highlighted as a major concern amongst carers and parents.
To support, CITC has developed a new wellbeing programme which will harness the power of football to help provide support for thousands of people aged 14 to 25.
A dedicated team has developed a new mental health curriculum, blending specially adapted football sessions with one-to-one mentoring and group workshops on mental health awareness, to improve mental wellbeing.
Tom Pitchon, Director of City Football Foundation, said: “We have been blown away by the support of our fans since launching Cityzens Giving for Recovery in June last year, and we cannot thank them enough for backing this auction and sweepstake.
“An incredible amount of money has been raised, which is going to make a real difference as we edge towards our target of generating £1million in support of ten global recovery projects.
“The last 12-months have been an exceptionally difficult time for everyone, but initiatives like this really show how powerful the City family can be when we come together to make a difference.
“Thank you again to our supporters, as well as everyone at Manchester City who made these prizes possible.”
Some of the most popular auction and sweepstake items included:
- Virtual meet and greet with Kevin De Bruyne
- 17 signed, match-issued Manchester City away shirts from the 2-0-win vs Burnley on 3rd February
- A chance to play FIFA 21 against current City stars
- 2 x Business Class Flights to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways
To find out more about the Cityzens Giving for Recovery projects in Manchester and around the world, and how you can support, click HERE.