By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_
Liverpool fans from across the world have banded together to raise thousands in cash for a children’s home in Poland.
International Children’s Day 2019 coincides with the Champions League Final in Madrid, where Liverpool will face Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and to help celebrate the occasion a group of Polish Reds launched a fundraiser in aid of the Saint Louise Children’s Home in Krakow.
The original aim was to raise around 500 zlotys (around £100) as a nice gesture but, at the time of writing, the amount raised totals more than 33,000 PLN (£6,800) from 750 donations after the idea went viral.
Polish Liverpool supporter Tomasz Jaskólka was the man with the idea, wanting to use the occasion as a chance for Reds everywhere to put the club’s famous words into action.
He wrote on the fundraiser: ” The Champions League final will take place on June 1 which is the International Children’s Day.
“Therefore we, Polish LFC supporters, would like to show that we take seriously the words of our anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and we want to help those who need it the most.”
Speaking to The Kopite, Tomasz’s friend and deputy editor of online magazine Polish Reds Rado Chmiel said: “The original idea was tailored to the student’s pocket and the target was only £100. But while the case started to grow and the social media power was making the noise, the decision was that the target had to be increased.
“[The total raised] is beyond anyone’s imagination as the initial idea was only to buy some sweets to make these kids happy. Right know we are talking about some serious help for the Children Home which just shows how football can help others, especially those who are less fortunate in life.”
The new target for the fundraiser is now 50,000 zlotys, a little over £10,000 as the group hope to capitalise on the worldwide attention they have received to make a huge difference to the young people who call Saint Louise’s home.
A real boost for the campaign came in the form of a legend of football in Liverpool and Poland – Jerzy Dudek, as the Istanbul hero was one of the first to share a link to the donation page.
“The catalysts were the Facebook posts from former LFC goalkeeper and Champions League winner Jerzy Dudek, who is my friend offstage, as well as UFC fighter Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Then the money literally flooded the page,” said Mr Chmiel.