West Coast Rangers are staging a 538-minute football match to raise awareness of mental health issues and to fundraise for the I Am Hope charity.
The club’s target is to raise $10,000 from its 538 event at Huapai Domain on Sunday December 4, kicking off at 9am.
Explaining the event, Rangers said:
“At West Coast Rangers FC we wanted to start the conversation about our mental health and that as a football club, a community, an extended family, we understand that everyone is vulnerable to the pressures of modern life.
“To give our community a chance to have some Football n Chats, we are running an open to all, non-stop football game of 538 minutes, with a continuous live stream podcast of interviews and discussions with some great New Zealanders.
“538 is the number of NZers that have been lost to mental health and suicide over the past 12 months – 1min of football per life lost.”
Money raised will go to I Am Hope’s Gumboot Friday campaign.
By mid-Sunday morning, the club had raised more than $2,000 towards its target.
Main photo: The 538-minute match is underway at Huapai Domain. Photo: West Coast Rangers.
The club is selling $2 raffle tickets for more than $4,000 of prizes, and urges the football community to support the event through their Givealittle Page.
LIVE STREAM: Watch the live stream of the event at Rangers’ Facebook page here >>>>
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