Football Federation Australia (FFA) is lending its voice to Australian Red Cross’ work, supporting some of the most vulnerable caught up in COVID-19 pandemic across the country.
As the largest club-based participation sport in the country with a participation base of approximately 1.96 million participants, FFA recognise that football has an important civic duty towards the collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FFA is looking at innovative ways to use its platforms for the benefit of the wider community during these difficult times, and will commit its profile and connect its network, who reflect the diversity of our communities, to aid Red Cross in its efforts to respond to the effects of COVID-19 on community health and wellbeing.
FFA Chief Executive James Johnson said: “We are very glad to be working with Australian Red Cross on this important initiative.
“We will work together connecting people online to share essential tools and tips to give all Australians practical ways to support each other, maintain their wellbeing, and stay safely connected.
“We will ask younger people across our network to promote the importance of practicing social distancing, washing hands and staying at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
“Finally, we may, as this situation evolves, be called upon to help Red Cross with critical volunteering gaps in essential services and to scale their response to COVID-19 as necessary. We look forward to contributing to this important work.
“The strength of our game lies in our community and our job will be to provide our participants with a link to the Australian Red Cross to contribute online and in other digital ways to support vulnerable Australians under the guidance of an expert partner in this field. We are delighted that football, in a whole of game effort, can commit this platform to Australian Red Cross and support them in their campaign to help Australians in need.
“We are fortunate to have some of Australian football’s most respected people supporting this initiative, and we would like to thank Tara Rushton, Lucy Zelic, Mel McLaughlin, Mark Bosnich, Jade North, and Craig Foster for their contributions to date. The initiative also has the support of our State and Territory Member Federations, and I would especially like to acknowledge Football NSW Chairman Anter Isaac and Football Victoria CEO Peter Filopoulos for their contributions,” he said.
Australian Red Cross, in collaboration with the Australian Federal and State Governments are helping respond to the effects of COVID-19 regarding the mental wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our communities impacted by COVID-19.
Australian Red Cross Director of Volunteering Penny Harrison said: “As we all work to flatten the curve, as a community we must look out for each other, and especially those who are most isolated and vulnerable during this unprecedented time.
“Working with FFA means we can tap into the power of football and work with its amazing and diverse community of members and fans to support more Australians who are facing this crisis alone. This is the power of humanity in action.”