Chaplain praises clubs’ £1m for terror victims
The Chaplain for Sport has praised the two Manchester football teams for their joint pledge of £1million towards the fundraising effort for victims of last week’s Manchester Arena attack.
Premier League giants Manchester City and Manchester United cast aside their bitter local rivalry in order to donate the sum to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The fund was set up to assist the families and dependants of the 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack, which also left around 120 people injured.
Mgr Vladimir Felzmann, Chaplain for Sport and CEO of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, said the Daesh attack, which aimed to fragment communities had in fact resulted in communities coming together.
“Manchester’s solidarity, courage, generosity, altruism – the sheer love people have for one another, even strangers – has been seen around the world,” he told The Universe.
“City and United, opponents in footy, have united in their aim to help heal the pain and repair the damage suffered by the victims – which include their families and friends whose hearts have been broken but whose spirits have been wrought tighter and even more resilient.
“The attack has seen Manchester become a United City; red and blue together,” Mgr Felzmann said.
He also noted that he would hope Manchester’s message of solidarity would dissuade other radicalised minds from attempting further atrocities.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said that the city is “incredibly grateful” to everyone who has generously supported the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
“The money raised through your donations will make a real difference to those who have been affected by this horrific attack,” he said. “The magnificent support received so far shows just how strongly the world stands united with the city of Manchester at this difficult time.”
Speaking of the collaboration, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of Manchester City, said: “We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack.
“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.”
Meanwhile Ed Woodward, executive chairman of Manchester United, echoed Mr Al Mubarak’s sentiments.
“The barbarism of Monday evening’s attack has shocked everyone,” he said.
“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.”
To make a donation to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester
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