Cardiff City Football Club and majority shareholder Tan Sri Vincent Tan today welcomed representatives of local charities in our community to launch our Thanks a Million programme.
As announced earlier this month, Cardiff City Football Club and Tan Sri Vincent Tan have pledged an innovative charity provision as a means to support the sterling and tireless work by many in the local community.
The initiative has seen Cardiff City Football Club donate one million pounds to selected local charities. Furthermore, Tan Sri Vincent Tan has also pledged that Cardiff City Football Club will repeat this million pound donation annually to community based organisations for as long as he remains the club’s majority/controlling shareholder and the club remains in the Premier League.
With the input of club staff, management and players, approximately fifty Welsh connected charities and community schemes have been selected to ensure the contributions stay in Wales, supporting those who support us.
Representatives of the first year selected charities today attended Cardiff City Stadium for an official ‘Thanks a Million’ reception, lunch and presentation with Cardiff City Chairman Mehmet Dalman, Malky Mackay and the senior squad in attendance.
Speaking of the initiative, Tan Sri Vincent Tan said, “I firmly believe that Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League after a long fifty one year wait to play at the top level is a blessing – and with the grace of God we want to use this blessing positively to support the charitable organisations and disadvantaged members of the South Wales community, in particular in Cardiff and the valleys where most of our supporters are based.
“Our promotion to the best league in the world is by no means the result of one person, but the collective hardworking efforts of many good people, namely management, coaches, staff, players and most importantly the fans of this great club. Together we can look forward to the challenge and excitement of the season ahead, and for every year we remain in the Premier League and I remain the majority and controlling shareholder, all at Cardiff City Football Club are honoured to share our Premier League rewards with the local community, helping those in need.”
Cardiff City Chairman Mehmet Dalman added, “On behalf of all at Cardiff City I’d like to place on record my thanks and appreciation to Tan Sri Vincent Tan for this substantial million pound charity donation initiative. I am given to understand this is the first time a Premier League club is making a charitable effort of this nature, and if that is true, then as the Club Chairman, I am indeed happy and proud to be a part of it.”
“The club’s backing of community organisations across Cardiff and the valleys deserves great credit, which all of us are proud to be associated with. I am sure that this donation will be well received and utilised, while all at Cardiff City Football Club look forward to continuing our longstanding community support for years to come.”