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Premiership stars give poverty the boot this Christian Aid Week

May 1 2015 – Prized items including former England Captain, Steven Gerrard’s signed football boots, signed shirts from the Chelsea and Everton teams and a signed photo of the Arsenal team will be auctioned for Christian Aid Week (10-16 May 2015), giving people the chance to score a winning purchase.

The items will be part of an eBay for Charity auction to mark Christian Aid’s 70th Anniversary that will go live on Saturday 9th May 2015 at 7pm and will close on Saturday 16th May at 7pm.

This year’s Christian Aid Week, Britain’s longest running door-to-door fundraising week, is asking the British public to support women living in poverty around the world who are discriminated against from birth.

The money raised from the auction will help Christian Aid support women like Loko, a young Ethiopian woman who features in this year’s Christian Aid Week appeal. Loko walks around 38.5km a day to collect firewood so that she can earn enough money to feed her family, while the average midfielder covers around 10 to 11km in 90 minutes trying to win a match.

Loko dreams of owning a cow – its milk would nourish her children, provide an income and give her recognition and a voice within her community.

In Ethiopia Christian Aid partner HUNDEE works with both women and men in poor cattle-rearing Borena communities to challenge violence against women and harmful traditional practices, such as child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), to bring about lasting change and ensure women can live in dignity and are treated with respect.

HUNDEE encourages men to get more involved with household tasks, including looking after their children, and to consult their wives about the decisions that affect them.

They also provide the poorest women in pastoralist communities with livestock, raising their status within society, because when they have a cow they have a voice in community decision making, as well as a means to earn a living. 

Other items up for grabs in the Premiership themed auction include current West Bromwich Albion captain and Scottish International, Darren Fletcher’s signed boots; Captain of Crystal Palace, Mile Jedinak’s signed boots; Hull City Defender, Michael Dawson’s boots; Swansea Defender, Ashley Williams’ boots; a signed photo of the Sunderland team; a tour of Leicester City’s stadium and a signed Burnley FC pennant flag.  More items are to be announced.

Christian Aid Director David Pain said: “Christian Aid is thrilled that the football clubs have donated these exclusive items for our Christian Aid Week auction. It is wonderful to see some of the Premiership’s top teams getting behind us for Christian Aid Week, to help us blow the whistle on poverty.  

“The funds raised from the eBay for Charity auction will provide much-needed income for our work in some of the world’s poorest countries, as will the efforts of 20,000 churches and communities nationwide that will be raising funds for Christian Aid Week in the coming days. We’d hope as many people as possible bid for the boots and other football memorabilia, so that we can kick out poverty for good.”

Visit www.ebay.co.uk/ebayforcharity (from Saturday 9th May 2015 at 7pm) to find out more and bid on your favorite item.

You can help to change the lives of women in places like Ethiopia this Christian Aid Week by donating online at www.caweek.org  calling 08080 006 006, or texting ‘WEEK’ to 70040 to give £5.

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If you would like further information please contact Melanie Hargreaves at mhargreaves@christian-aid.org 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950  


Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk

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