To donate £5, text SSFO99 £5 to 70070Today, Cardiff City Football Club is encouraging all supporters to back #StayStrongForOws – a fundraising and awareness campaign for injured Cardiff Blues and Wales player, Owen Williams.
Wales international Owen suffered a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord while playing for Cardiff Blues this summer in the World Club 10s in Singapore. Owen is currently at the Welsh Spinal Injuries and Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff as he continues his long-term rehabilitation and recovery.He is now tolerating periods of time sitting up in a wheelchair, allowing him the chance to spend short periods of time outside the hospital. He is also starting to use the gym at the hospital for early upper limb rehabilitation.
It remains very early in his recovery, but support for the #StayStrongForOws campaign worldwide has been a huge inspiration for Owen, his family and friends.This week, the Bluebirds and Blues squads have united after training for fund-raising PR activities, building towards today’s day of action for Owen in line with the arrival of Norwich City.
‘A tremendous talent' - Owen in action for the Blues, prior to injury in June
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, City Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær said: "We have a great relationship with the Cardiff Blues. They are an inspiration to us at this difficult time, and what happened to Owen has brought us even closer together.
"We see each other every day, we talk about things every day – there’s a great camaraderie. Today’s day of action is the least we could do in support of Owen and his recovery.”
The #StayStrongForOws campaign will continue throughout this season and beyond – encouraging all sports fans to united and show their support. Cardiff Blues has joined forces with the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust to ensure they can raise valuable funds to help and support Owen in the long-term as he continues his recovery from such a serious injury.
As our neighbours, friends and colleagues, they have Cardiff City Football Club’s full support and backing.
Ben Turner and Blues & Wales scrum half, Lloyd Williams
TEXT TO DONATE
This is an easy one for you all! As an example, if you wanted to donate £5 to #StayStrongForOws - simply text: SSFO99 £5 to 70070
You can donate any figure you wish, just change the amount on your text! Please remember to check with the bill payer before you press send – and remember that space before the pound sign!!
You can show your support for Owen very easily by purchasing specially created #StayStrongForOws wristbands from Cardiff Blues’ Arms Park or a number of supporting vendors in the local area. Distributors will pass through Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday – offering City supporters the opportunity of donating £1.50 for a gold and navy blue wristband that represents the colours of Owen’s region and town Club, Aberdare RFC.Over 14,000 #StayStrongForOws wristbands have now been sold and fundraising continues. Clubs and businesses wishing to stock wristbands can do so by emailing - firstname.lastname@example.org
JUST GIVING PAGE & CHEQUE DONATIONS
An alternative and practical way of donating is via the official #StayStrongForOwsJustGiving page. Simply visit www.justgiving.com/staystrongforows and give what you can.
Those wishing to contribute by cheque can do so by sending cheques made payable to the ‘Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust’ marked ‘for Owen Williams’ to the registered address - 55 West Road, Bridgend, CF31 4HQ.
Cardiff Blues and the family of Owen Williams would like to thank everybody for the many messages of support that they receive every day. Cardiff City Football Club wishes to sincerely thank its supporters in advance for their pledges and donations.
#StayStrongForOws IN THE CITY:YOU CAN WATCH ALL THE COVERAGE OF THE TWO SQUADS CHALLENGING EACH OTHER BY TUNING IN FOR THURSDAY EVENING'S EDITION OF #INTHECITY- ON CARDIFF CITY PLAYER AND OUR OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL, BELOW!