BARCELONA, 30 May 2016 – FC Barcelona and REPLAY announced they are teaming up to launch the “Suit Up to Help Grant Wishes” Auction to benefit global children’s charity, Make-A-Wish®. The auction comprises of one-of-a-kind clothing, gear and accessories worn by some of the world’s favorite athletes and FC Barcelona players, including Leo Messi, Neymar and many more.
The auction, which will run from 1-17 June, will help grant wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions across the globe. Auction ítems include casual and formal attire specially designed for the players by FC Barcelona’s official partner, REPLAY. Some of these novalty ítems include, suits, jeans, and other denim pieces.
FC Barcelona has a long-standing relationship with Make-A-Wish, granting more than 200 wishes through their FC Barcelona Foundation. That commitment to wishes and life-changing experiences was the impetus to select Make-A-Wish for this incredible opportunity.
Mr. Jordi Cardoner, FC Barcelona First Vice Chairman, “Fulfilling the dreams of the most underprivileged children is one of the most endearing and sensitive tasks carried out by the FC Barcelona Foundation. Thanks to the commitment of Replay, this charity auction will help us to continue working with Make-A-Wish International to make Barça the club of the children around the world.”
“We have always valued the amazing importance of our relationship with FC Barcelona from its inception: the fact that it now also gives us the possibility to help Make-A-Wish in their delicate and impactful endeavor of granting the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions makes us all the more proud. We are happy to be able to help.” said REPLAY CEO, Matteo Sinigaglia.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy, in nearly 50 countries across the globe. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 350,000 wishes – changing the lives of seriously ill children and their famílies in a time when they need it most.
“A wish can have a profound and long-lasting impact on everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and entire communities,” said Make-A-Wish Internatioal President and CEO, Jon Stettner. “However, granting life-changing wishes would not be possible without the support of organizations and individuals like FC Barcelona and REPLAY and their global network of passionate fans. We could not be more thrilled at the opportunity to connect FC Barcelona fans, long-lasting and new, to the life-changing impact of our mission through the “Suit Up to Help Grant Wishes” auction.”
Fans can bid on this one-of-a-kind clothing from 1-17 June at makeawish.vonality.com.
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Sioban Kerr, Make-A-Wish International
ABOUT FC BARCELONA FOUNDATION
The FC Barcelona Foundation was created in 1994 as the vehicle for FC Barcelona’s corporate social responsibility. At present, its projects are mainly based on the following premises: the use of sports as a core instrument; the fostering of education and the positive values of sport; children as the target beneficiaries and the promotion of Catalonia through Barça. Nowadays, the Foundation reaches more than 490,000 beneficiaries all over the world.
In 2006, FC Barcelona adhered to the United Nation’s 'Millennium Development Goals' and since then has been donating 0.7% of the Club’s ordinary income to support the Foundation’s projects. In addition, since 2010, the players and coaches of the Club’s professional teams have donated 0.5% of their salaries to the Foundation.
The main projects of the Foundation are Barçakids, FutbolNet. Besides, we also have joint ventures with several international entities such as: Unicef, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or IOC (International Olympic Committee).
ABOUT FASHION BOX S.P.A.
Established in 1981, Fashion Box is an Italian denim clothing company enjoying world-class status. Based in Asolo (Treviso), this international leader in the sector creates, promotes and markets casual wear, shoes and accessories for men, women and children under the brands REPLAY, REPLAY&SONS and WE ARE REPLAY. At present Fashion Box products are sold in over 50 countries worldwide, across Europe as well as in the Middle East, Asia, America and Africa. Flanking the company’s own chain of 200 stand-alone stores is a wholesale distribution network of 3,000 multibrand sales points. Exports account for approximately 87% of the total sales volume.
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s largest wish-granting organization, serving children in nearly 50 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 32,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the world every 21 minutes on average. Since 1980, it has granted more than 350,000 wishes to children around the world. For more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit worldwish.org, and for more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.