FC Barcelona present campaign to aid refugees in Europe
FC Barcelona, faithful to its historic commitment to solidarity and to society, especially with regard to disadvantaged children, has mobilized its forces in response to the worst migrant crisis facing Europe since the Second World War.
Club Vice President Jordi Cardoner presented on Friday the ‘Tant se val d’on venim’ campaign. This phrase means ‘It doesn’t matter where we come from’ and is a line from FC Barcelona’s anthem.
This campaign is to aid the refugees arriving in Europe and the more than 3.000 people that will arrive in Catalonia, according to the Government of Catalonia, in the coming months.
This campaign is in partnership with the Red Cross, an international body with expertise in managing migrant crises and which will be the beneficiary of the funds collected.
The start of the campaign will be on Sunday 20 September, coinciding with the league match against Levante, and will last until January. All areas of the Club have joined in this campaign of solidarity, which has three main points of action: fundraising, increasing awareness and social integration of those affected, especially those suffering due to armed conflicts in the Middle East, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
FC Barcelona wants to involve everyone, from members, fans and supporters, to the players and coaches from its teams, as well as sponsors and suppliers, to help raise the financial resources needed and make donations to the Red Cross that attend to the needs of refugees. These donations can be made online through the FC Barcelona website (www.fcbarcelona.com/fcbrefugees), where donors will have to fill out a form and may donate via credit or debit card.
Other ways to make financial contributions will be in person at special donation points located in different parts of the stadium area such as official shops, offices, the ice rink, storage lockers, the FCB Foundation, the Museum and the Supporters Services Office (OAB). On match days at Camp Nou, donation points will also be installed at the entrances to the Palau and Miniestadi.
To raise awareness, the Club has involved its athletes to help bring attention to the importance of finding solutions to alleviate the plight of the refugees. The Club has developed a special photographic campaign and a microsite on the club website to spread the messages of the first and professional team captains, who have recorded videos in support of the refugees that will be distributed through the media, social networks and the video scoreboards at Camp Nou, the Palau and the Mini Estadi.
FC Barcelona has historically been a vehicle of integration for newcomers. Supporters Clubs, located throughout the territory, will be essential to carrying out the task of helping refugees adapt to our society. Barça will work with the Confederation of Supporters Clubs to organise actions to facilitate the integration of refugees.
The funds obtained from donations will go to local and international programs to aid those affected by this crisis. All persons wishing to make a donation and who want a tax certificate can request it from the Foundation via email fundació@fcbarcelona.cat.
Declarations by Jordi Cardoner, first Vice President of FC Barcelona:
"This is not a single act but rather continuous action over time, which is something that differentiates us as a club."
"The idea is for this project to have the collaboration of everyone in the Barça family. The aim of the campaign is to help the refugees and it’s a project to be carried out through our partners the Red Cross in Catalonia, which will help us make this FC Barcelona Foundation project a success. We also appreciate the cooperation of the City of Barcelona and the Government of Catalonia".
"We have three basic objectives: fundraising, the integration of these people who are in deplorable situations into our society and, finally, to increase awareness"
"The more money raised the better. But equally important is the number of people who participate. This makes us different as a club, and we want everyone to get involved in this campaign in whatever way they can. This project is worth it."