PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN RAISES €100,000 FOR ACTION CONTRE LA FAIM IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS IN FRANCE AND AROUND THE WORLD
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Paris Saint-Germain is strengthening its support for Action Contre La Faim (ACF, Action Against Hunger in English) with the club donating €100,000 to the charity. The sum will allow ACF to provide staff and volunteers with personal protective equipment, such as 100,000 surgical masks, 3,000 protective goggles, 1,500 reusable gloves, 1,000 protective gowns, 2,000 alcohol gels and 200 thermometers, helping ACF teams to continue screening and treating malnourished children around the world.
The Parc des Princes has served as ACF’s support base in the Greater Paris region since the beginning of the health crisis, with charity staff teaming up with volunteers from the Parisian club to make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.
Nasser al-Khelaïfi, Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain said: "Faced with this indiscriminate pandemic, ACF’s wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever. We have been working with ACF for over two years now and it is our duty to support them. I wanted the money raised to be used for specific projects in France and also abroad, particularly in affected regions in Africa, Asia and the Middle East where ACF has been present for many years. This additional equipment will enable them to work more comfortably.”
Jean-François Riffaud, CEO of Action Contre La Faim France, added: "ACF teams are on the frontline of the epidemic, and we have adapted our operations in France to help those who need it most, as well as boosting the capacity of our international teams to limit the spread of the virus. It is crucial for us to be able to continue our operations so that everyone can work in safety. I would like to thank Paris Saint-Germain for this vital donation and for the club’s continuing commitment alongside us".
In the Greater Paris region over 2,000 people including 400 children have already benefited from personal hygiene and household kits as well as specific packs for babies, which have been produced by ACF teams at the Parc des Princes since the start of the lockdown. These kits, which will be expanded to better meet the needs of children in the coming weeks, are distributed by the charity and their partners to those most vulnerable.
Worldwide, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected over 190 countries and ACF is adapting to the crisis on the ground, ensuring that the charity’s activities continue and responding appropriately. Aid will be directed towards the most at risk groups, such as refugee camps in Bangladesh and Jordan, as well as in the Central African Republic and Madagascar where the Paris Saint-Germain Foundation visited last year as part of ongoing commitments. Emergency programmes are continuing throughout the world, with reinforced infection prevention and control measures in addition to emergency health and nutrition response programmes for the most affected groups, especially children.
Launched in mid-April, the fundraising campaign on psg.fr continues to fund other campaigns such as Greater Paris University Hospitals (AP-HP), Secours Populaire Français, Action Contre La Faim and the Club's charity partners.
Action Contre La Faim – Coraline Leguay – +33 6 17 47 13 04 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Paris Saint-Germain – Joseph OAKESHOTT – +33 7 88 69 13 93 – email@example.com
THE PSG/ACF PARTNERSHIP
ACTION CONTRE LA FAIM FIGHTING THE PANDEMIC
In the Greater Paris region food handouts are continuing as well as hygiene kits that have been prepared at the Parc des Princes with volunteer support from club staff. Key areas have been chosen to reach the most vulnerable and often isolated people, on the street or in temporary accommodation (shantytowns, camps, social housing, etc). A programme to install handwashing stations will also start soon.
AROUND THE WORLD
Action Contre La Faim’s teams are carrying out specific COVID response programmes in:
Afghanistan / Bangladesh / Burkina Faso / Cameroon / Ivory Coast / Iraq / Jordan / Liberia / Myanmar / Nepal / Nigeria / Pakistan / Democratic Republic of Congo / Sierra Leone / Chad / Zimbabwe/ Yemen
In the Central African Republic, where Paris Saint Germain funded a programme to combat malnutrition in 2018, all emergency nutrition programmes are being maintained thanks to the provision of protective equipment to Action Against Hunger staff and volunteers. In Bangui, emergency water access activities in health centres have also started.
In Madagascar Paris Saint-Germain has been supporting nutritional health programs, particularly for children, since 2019. The projects have been adapted in compliance with protective measures. Action Contre La Faim supports the operation of essential services at health centers by setting up a patient circuit to limit human-to-human transmission. The charity also provides capacity building for healthcare staff to detect and refer suspected cases. ACF teams are installing hand-washing facilities in public places and health centres and raising awareness in communities through town criers, loudspeaker vehicles and posters. The charity also helps with detection and referral of suspicious cases of Covid-19 via mobile teams.
ABOUT ACTION CONTRE LA FAIM
Action Contre La Faim works in over 50 countries worldwide. ACF’s expertise in health and nutrition as well as water, hygiene and sanitation helps the charity carry out programmes for around 9 million people every year to raise awareness of hand-washing and basic hygiene to stop diseases spreading. ACF also develops food security and livelihood projects for 2.7 million people every year aimed at giving people access to sufficient food during and after crisis situations.
ABOUT PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Paris Saint-Germain was founded in 1970. Since the Club's takeover by QSI in 2011, Paris Saint-Germain has transformed itself into one of the best football clubs and one of the world's leading sports brands. The Club has reconnected with Paris, under the philosophy of a unique city and a unique club. Paris Saint-Germain subsequently won 22 trophies in just nine years, to reach a total of 41 trophies in its history, becoming the most successful football club in France.
Paris Saint-Germain has attracted many great players such as Ronaldinho, Beckham, Ibrahimovic, and currently Neymar Jr, Mbappé, Cavani, Thiago Silva and others.
The Club has opened offices in Doha and Singapore, strengthening its international presence. The Club's popularity continues to grow worldwide. It is now one of the most followed clubs in the world, in just 9 years going from zero to more than 81 million fans on social networks.
Paris Saint-Germain, which now includes men's football, women's football, handball and judo sections, has become one of the first sports clubs to become involved in the world of esport in 2016.
Children and young people are fundamental for the Club, which has considerably increased the programmes of the PSG Foundation. Among the many projects, the Rouge & Bleu Schools is a programme that helps children in social difficulty to succeed.