Roma launch Football Cares for refugees with donation, shirt auction (dpa German Press Agency)

Rome (dpa) – Serie A side Roma have made a donation of 575,000 euros
(642,000 dollars) and put up for auction three jerseys of their
players as they officially launched the fundraising initiative
Football Cares in support of migrants on Tuesday.

Roma said that the donation is made up of 250,000 euros each from the
club and its president, Jim Pallotta, and 75,000 from club investors.

The club said that shirts of Miralem Pjanic, Edin Dzeko and captain
Francesco Totti were being auctioned on the Charity Stars web site.

“We have been active in Italy for some time on a number refugee aid
projects,” Pallotta said. “But, after seeing the images coming out of
Europe and the Middle East last week, we felt that Roma had to do
much more, and we welcome that challenge and responsibility.

“We highly commend all clubs that have contributed directly to the
effort. Our approach is a bit different, however, in that we want to
create a platform to connect the entire football community under the
‘Football Cares’ banner.

“We believe we can achieve more together than we can on our own. The
culture of football is built on rivalry but there is also a massive
worldwide opportunity in football for unity to make an even greater
impact.”

Pjanic and Dzeko wore their shirts when they scored in a 2-1 win over
champions Juventus on August 30.

Also on auction was the number 10 shirt that Totti wore as he scored
in a 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow last November, which saw him beat his
own record as oldest scorer in the Champions League, at age 38.

As Roma encouraged other donations on the JustGiving social platform,
their defender Alessando Florenzi offered to donate the shirt he wore
in Italy’s 1-0 victory over Bulgaria in a Euro 2016 at the weekend.

Roma invited Italian and foreign clubs and fans to donate to Football
Cares. Funds from the charity will go to the United Nations High
Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), Save The Children, International
Rescue Committee and the Red Cross.