In response to suggestions put forward by supporters, Arsenal are today launching the club’s first Ukraine Supporters’ Club and are asking the global fanbase to sign up in solidarity.
Alongside the initiative, the club have made a donation to Save the Children’s DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and are encouraging supporters to follow suit.
According to the charity, a partner of the club since 2011, more than 7.5 million children are now in danger as a result of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of the country.
Donations are helping to deliver life-saving aid to children and families fleeing the conflict by distributing essential supplies and winter clothing.
The charity is also providing cash and vouchers assistance to help refugees meet basic needs like food, rent and medicines and setting up reception centres and safe spaces for children.
In a statement released this morning, Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham said:
“Everyone at Arsenal stands in solidarity with the people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.
“We believe that in times of immense difficulty, there is strength in unity. That’s why, after a suggestion from fans, we’re launching the Arsenal Ukraine Supporters’ Club and encouraging our fans from around the world to join in solidarity.
“We’ve also been in discussions with our global charity partner, Save the Children, to better understand the heart-breaking situation and where support is most needed.
“We’ve all learnt that the conflict in Ukraine is forcing children and families into basements and bomb shelters to escape explosions. Many families are being forced to flee their homes and cross into nearby countries with minimal possessions. They need help with shelter, food, and the most basic human necessities.”
The Arsenal Foundation has forged very strong ties with Save the Children over the last decade raising money and providing support via various initiatives to help vulnerable kids affected by everything from Covid-19, Ebola outbreaks and natural disasters in the Philippines, Japan and Nepal to the wars in Syria and Iraq.
To date, more than £4.5 million has been raised.