Aberdeen Cyrenians challenges teams to participate in 555 mile football-themed fundraiser

Aberdeen Cyrenians, an Aberdeen-based charity who work with people who are homeless, fleeing violence, coping with mental health and addiction issues or facing crisis, is challenging teams to virtually travel from Pittodrie to 12 other Scottish Premiership stadiums and back home again throughout the summer.

The Home/Away challenge is 555 miles in total – and running until September. 

Teams or individuals can sign up to take part and complete the challenge in a number of ways. 

Bryony Shepherd, community and events fundraiser, said: “I think we’ve all missed playing and watching sport since lockdown, and our Home/Away challenge is designed to allow people to come together and feel part of a team again.  We want people to have that sense of camaraderie they would if they were training or working together.

“People can walk run or cycle, and are encouraged to work together to hit the top goal of 555 miles.”

So far, over £1000 has been raised as part of the challenge, and accompanying appeal.  

Ms Shepherd added: “We’ve been so heartened to have people reach out to us and decide to take on an individual 55.5-mile challenge instead, or those who have decided to donate the cost of a ticket or a round of drinks at the football to support our work.  

“All sponsorship money raised will go directly towards funding our frontline service supporting people who are homeless, without a fixed address, in crisis or suffering with addiction and mental health challenges.”

To find out more about the Home/Away challenge, visit here.

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