English soccer giants Manchester United and Manchester City have collaborated to donate £1 million ($1.3 million) to the emergency fund set up for victims and families affected by the Manchester bomb blast.
The hashtag #ACityUnited was designed to portray solidarity and collaboration between Manchester’s two rival teams, promoting the ‘We Love Manchester Emergency Fund’ by £2 million over the past 24 hours. “We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack,” said Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
“The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small way to alleviate the daunting challenges faced by those directly affected and that our acting together will serve as a symbol to the world of the unbreakable strength of the spirit of Manchester.”
“The barbarism of Monday evening’s attack has shocked everyone,” said Manchester United executive chairman Ed Woodward.
“Our clubs are right at the heart of our local communities in Manchester and it is right that we present a unified response to this tragedy.
“The money will help, of course, but the work of the two clubs and their respective foundation and community scheme can build on the fantastic spirit that Mancunians have shown in the immediate aftermath.”
Not only have Manchester’s two teams shown support and donated to the victims and the families but local news organisation the Manchester Evening News have supported the fund set up with £2 million, that now the fund sum soars past whopping £3 million.
Moreover, the Wayne Rooney Foundation has also given £100,000, while the Arsenal Foundation has donated £50,000.
How to donate?
The public also has the opportunity to help and support the victims and their families as they can donate to the fund at www.redcross.org.uk/manchester.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said: “The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has been established to swiftly provide funds to the families of victims of the attack at the Manchester Arena, to help them to cope at this incredibly difficult time.”
Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those affected by this terrible attack.”