Manchester United pledge support to Unicef's Turkey and Syria earthquake appeal

Friday 10 February 2023 19:16

Manchester United has today donated to UNICEF’s Turkey and Syria earthquake appeal to send vital funds to support children and families affected by the devastating earthquakes that have hit the region.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Turkey and Syria at around 4 am local time on 6 February. Millions of people have been severely affected and sadly thousands have lost their lives. As well as the tragic loss of life, many more have been left homeless and without food as buildings and infrastructures collapsed.

Manchester United’s donation of £50,000 will provide important funds to aid UNICEF in their efforts to mobilise supplies and services to support the urgent needs of the children and families who have been affected. This is in addition to the £1 million donation being made to the humanitarian effort collectively by the Premier League via the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

In Syria, UNICEF is working to ensure access to clean water, and seeking to secure children’s safety and wellbeing. While in Turkey, UNICEF has mobilised vital emergency supplies and ensured access to safe spaces for children and families.

John Shiels MBE, Chief Executive of Manchester United Foundation, said: “Through the power and resources of UNICEF, the donation from the club will have immediate impact on the ground in Turkey and Syria.”

“Our partnership means we are able to quickly pledge support to the thousands of young people and families who have been affected by this awful humanitarian disaster.”

More information on how to support UNICEF’s Turkey and Syria Earthquake appeal can be found here.