Celebrating player kindness on International Charity Day

  • September 5 is the United Nations International Day of Charity
  • Footballers around the world have shown selfless acts of charity
  • Take a look at the player stories that were documented by FIFPRO in 2022

September 5 marks the United Nations International Day of Charity, which celebrates volunteerism and philanthropy.

Off the pitch, many footballers around the world have demonstrated selfless acts of charity to help contribute to a more inclusive and resilient society.

Take a look at the charity stories of some players that FIFPRO has documented in 2022 – from humanitarian aid to building medical clinics and schools.

Brendan Clarke

Brendan Clarke took part in a ‘Crossbar Challenge’ fundraiser which saw him visit every stadium in the League of Ireland’s top two divisions.

The Shelbourne keeper has helped raise over €26,000 for Make a Wish Ireland, which strives to bring joy into the lives of seriously ill children.

“Knowing that every penny we raised was going to make a tangible difference in the lives of so many families really kept us going,” Clarke said. “No matter how tired we were or what time we had to get up, we just jumped in the car and started all over again.

“If, as a footballer, you have the opportunity to use your position to improve the world around you, then grab it with both hands.”


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