On October 25th, Soccer Aid for Unicef announced that its 2018 campaign raised a record-breaking total of £6,746,557. All of the money will be going towards protecting children in danger around the world. Soccer Aid for Unicef has been raising money to keep kids safe for 12 years and has raised over £30 million in that time. According to Unicef UK Executive Director Mike Penrose, the 2018 campaign made “twice the difference for children in danger.” The UK Government and celebrities like Michael Sheen, Usain Bolt and Olly Murs matched the public donations pound-for-pound.
Supporters from all over the world came to the soccer match at Old Trafford, contributing greatly to the record-breaking amount of funds raised for the cause. Fans saw Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams’s England team, led by Olly Murs, play against Soccer Aid World XI captained by Olympic medalist and arguably the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt. Former professional footballer and Manchester United legend Eric Cantona also came out of retirement for the cause to play in an exciting, sold-out match ending with England’s win over World XI in sudden death. Soccer Aid for Unicef also announced that next year’s soccer match in June 2019 will take place at Stamford Bridge, which is the first time the game will be played at Chelsea.
Soccer Aid’s long-term and substantial efforts continually create better lives for children around the world. The record-breaking fundraising total is a testament to the generosity of the British public and soccer fans who come from all over the world to show their support.
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