London Irish Announce Concern Worldwide as Official Charity

By Community | August 24, 2012

London Irish have announced the international humanitarian organisation, Concern Worldwide, as their Official Charity Partner for the forthcoming season.

The pair will work together to raise money for the charity and increase their profile across the world.

London Irish are a club steeped in history and was originally established as a home away from for the Irish contingent of London.

The club felt that partnering with Ireland’s largest aid agency was a “natural” step forward for the Club.

Andy Martin, London Irish CEO, said: “We are thrilled to be working with a major Irish charity and contributing to such an important and worthy cause.

“Concern Worldwide are working tirelessly to tackle poverty and hunger in the poorest parts of the world and we are hopeful, with our support, they can continue this vital work and increase the number of people they reach.”

Tom Arnold, CEO, Concern Worldwide added: “Concern is delighted to be partnering with such a great sporting team as London Irish. The club has a strong following internationally but firmly retains its Irish roots, and so it is with Concern.

“Here we have a fantastic opportunity to speak to rugby supporters and to share with them the difference they can make in the lives of those less fortunate. I look forward to a successful and engaging association with the club in the future.”

A number of the players have also expressed their satisfaction with the news. Captain Bryan Evans said: “With our heritage, it seems apt that this year we are supporting a charity that has Irish roots. We have a terrific and loyal supporter base and I’m sure the positive change Concern makes in the world will speak to their charitable nature.”

The partnership will launch today, Friday 24 August, at the climax of the club’s pre-season friendly match against Munster in Musgrave Park, Co. Cork.