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Waterford FC delighted to announce official charity partner

Waterford FC is delighted to announce The Solas Centre as their official charity partner for the 2017 season. The Blues have teamed up with the charity who provide cancer support services to the South East region.

Waterford FC Community Officer Allen Troy said of the new partnership:

“We are delighted that the Solas Cancer Support Centre have agreed to come on board as our official charity partner. This is an important venture for the club. Not only do we wish to be successful on the pitch, we are committed to building the reputation of the club off the pitch. We want to get involved in the local community and in someway give back to the people of the region. We want to build a club the whole region can be proud off.

“Developing a charity partner was always a priority for the club. When we looked at the various options available to us, while all worthy causes, we felt that the Solas Centre would be a good match. When we meet with Tracy and AnnMarie from the centre, and seen their enthusiasm for the project we knew it was the ideal choice for us.”

The Solas Centre serves the greater South East region, offering a safe place, a place to talk things over, a place to relax and express emotions. Since opening their doors 6 years ago more than 2500 clients have used their services. It has also recently expanded with a now outreach centre in the West of the county in Dungarvan.

AnnMarie Power, Fundraising Coordinator for the centre said:

“We were really excited when Waterford FC first approached us about being their official charity partner and we are delighted to be associated with the Club. Client services demand increased by 10% in 2016 but we still need to reach out to males in the community. 25% of our clients are male and 75% are female which reflects the disproportionate balance between men and women availing of our services. Our partnership with Waterford FC will provide us with a wonderful opportunity to promote our services and support provision for men in 2017.”

Waterford FC will designate four home games this season as Solas Cancer Support Centre events, the first of which took play on Saturday 25th March v Wexford FC.

Image Credit: WFC/Noel Browne

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