Monday 24th August 2009, 12:30 pm
FC UNITED’s plans for a move from Football League outfit Bury’s Gigg Lane ground to a stadium of their own is set to receive a boost as the UniBond Premier club takes part in a charity abseil with the proceeds shared between their own development fund and the Opal Foundation.
The Rebels’ official website reports that this year, Opal Foundation’s main fundraising event is a Charity Abseil, which will take place on 27th September, in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. The abseil events are hoped to raise £40,000 to work with AMREF (African Medical Research Foundation), in order to provide a borehole to deliver clean water for pastoralist communities of South Omo, one of the most remote parts of Ethiopia.
For non-FC United people, the abseil will be a perfect opportunity for anyone who has an ethical conscience, who wants to conquer their fear of heights, or just wants an adrenalin rush. As well as that, for United fans it’s another chance to raise much needed cash for the club as well as helping the Opal Foundation. All monies raised by FC supporting entrants will be split between the two causes with the exact details still to be agreed.
The invitation has come from FC United fan and Opal Foundation Director Barbara McLoughlin who said of the abseil: “We do hope FC United supporters are able to support our cause and help us progress that one step further in achieving our goal of providing clean water for communities in South Omo. And if we can raise money for the club at the same time then I’ll be delighted!”.
The Charity Abseil will be a fun day out, with food and drink available, and dancers and musicians providing entertainment and light relief for nervous participants.