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Rangers Charity Foundation announces partnerships for 2011/12

Mon 1st Aug 2011 | Football Sponsorship

The Rangers Charity Foundation’s National and Community Charity Partners for season 2011/12 were announced by midfielder Steven Davis at Murray Park on Friday 29 July.

Veterans’ charity Erskine will be the Foundation’s new Community Partner, while the relationship with National Partner - The Prostate Cancer Charity - will be extended for another year.

The Foundation and the Charity believe that building upon the partnership for another season can make a real difference in the ongoing battle against prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men in Scotland with 2,700 new diagnoses every year.

The Foundation’s fundraising for The Prostate Cancer Charity will support the distribution of information for older men with prostate cancer and the expansion of the Charity’s support group network, including providing key resources for the groups. 

The Foundation will also help to advance vital research work in Scotland – the first time the Foundation has funded this type of activity.  In total, the Foundation hopes to raise around £20,000 towards these projects.

The Foundation will also work with Community Partner Erskine on projects centred around their Glasgow and Bishopton homes. The Foundation aims to raise around £20,000 towards 2 key projects; the Glasgow home’s replacement bed programme, which will provide residents with new ‘Electric Profiling’ beds to help improve their independence, comfort and general health, and the refitting of The Royal Scots Shop within the Bishopton home – a vital resource for residents and their guests.

Erskine Chairman Andrew Robertson said: “We are immensely grateful to the Rangers Charity Foundation for selecting Erskine as a Community Partner. Every year we care for veterans of all ages and this is only possible because of the generosity of organisations like them. Their support will make a real difference to the lives of the ex-Service men and women in our care. I cannot thank them enough.”

Ann Ferguson, Head of Operations at The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland: said: “We are so grateful to Rangers, Rangers fans and the Rangers Charity Foundation for their hard work, support and generosity over the course of last season where a magnificent £25,000 was raised for the fight against prostate cancer.

“The Prostate Cancer Charity is delighted that this partnership has been extended for another year, and we have no doubt it will play a significant role in the ongoing battle for a world where lives are no longer limited by the disease.”

Connal Cochrane, Manager of the Rangers Charity Foundation commented: “Erskine has a proud history of caring for ex-service men and women and serving military communities and is a cause close to the hearts of many Rangers supporters. 

“I am delighted we will be working with Erskine over the coming year and also continuing to support The Prostate Cancer Charity, with whom we have worked extremely well over the last 12 months.

“We have seen what has been possible over the last year and this has inspired us to develop our partnership further.  We believe we can make a significant impact on the work of this hugely deserving charity and reach even more men across Scotland.”

The Foundation will also continue to work with International Partner UNICEF as part of an initial three year partnership agreement. Rangers is the only Scottish football partner of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, and only the sixth partner club in world football alongside the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and AC Milan.

The Rangers Charity Foundation is supporting UNICEF in Togo where work is currently underway reconstructing and equipping seven vital healthcare centres.  The project is improving the lives of thousands of children and their families by providing better access to basic medical care, water and sanitation facilities and life-saving nutrition for malnourished children.

Julie Weston, UNICEF UK Director of Fundraising comments: “In developing countries, like Togo, poor families often have to make difficult choices – should they pay for food for the whole family or use the money to send a sick child to the doctor. No-one should have to make this choice.

“UNICEF thanks Rangers for their incredible work to make sure that fewer families have to make these choices and sacrifices. Thanks to Rangers, more families will get the lifesaving healthcare that we often take for granted.”

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