UNICEF Australia and Sydney FC have hand-picked a football side of celebrities and supporters to take part in a Football Aid match to be held as the curtain raiser to Sydney FC’s blockbuster season opener at Allianz Stadium on October 13.
UNICEF Australia and Sydney FC have hand-picked a football side of celebrities and supporters to take part in a Football Aid match to be held as the curtain raiser to Sydney FC-s blockbuster season opener at Allianz Stadium on October 13.
Among UNICEF-s secret weapons are ex-NRL star Hazem El Masri, former rugby great Nick Farr Jones and Sydney FC W-League player Ellyse Perry. They will lead UNICEF-S 11 against a Fox Sports side captained by former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.
Adding a little spice of his own will be MasterChef contestant Adam Liaw. Liaw will be following in the footsteps of UNICEF Soccer Aid player and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay when he takes to the field at Sydney-s Allianz Stadium for the charity match on October 13.
As the only member of the UNICEF XI with absolutely no sporting credentials to his name, when asked over Twitter about his game plan, Liaw-s answer was simple: “My game plan is not to die”.
The Football Aid game will be played ahead of the first home Sydney FC game for new signing Alessandro Del Piero, against the Newcastle Jets, and is the second of two UNICEF Festival of Football events, the first being a full day of corporate seven-a-side competition at Centennial Park on October 12.
All Festival of Football games will raise funds to support the work of UNICEF Australia in making a difference to the lives of children worldwide.
UNICEF Australia ambassador and Sydney FC player Brett Emerton said Football Aid was literally a game changer for children.
“Everyday 67 million children around the world miss out on an education. Everyday 19,000 children die from preventable causes,” Emerton said.
“We can change this. Join me and take part in Football Aid in 2012 supporting UNICEF projects around the world.”
“Together we can help change the game for children living in poverty around the world.”
To score a goal and donate to UNICEF visit www.unicef.org.au
Football Aid UNICEF Xi v Fox Sports XI celebrity match:
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 4pm, ahead of the Sydney FC game at 5.30pm.
Tickets: For tickets, visit ticketek.com.au
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