Archives for December 2012

Rio Ferdinand signs up with Crystal Palace to tackle gang culture

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has linked up with Crystal Palace in a bid to tackle gang crime.

Rio Ferdinand signs up with Crystal Palace to tackle gang culture

Crystal Palace FC Foundation is to team up with the the footballer’s charity, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, to steer young adults away from gangs and violence.

Young people’s charities Potential, All-Inclusive and SR Expression have also signed up to the initiative, which is part of a programme coordinated by Croydon Council, the Met Police and Croydon Voluntary Action.

The project will with link up 17-24-year-olds who have been involved in gang-related crime with training and employment opportunities.

Eagles 2012 Big Bike Challenge

The Foundations first Eagles Big Bike challenge saw 12 Palace supporters along with a lone Brighton supporter take on the challenge of riding 51 miles from Brighton’s Amex Stadium to Selhurst Park raising over £7,000 in the process.

After a quick tour of Amex Stadium a mix of riders from 1st time novices to a tri-athlete competitors the riders set off from pitch side at the Stadium at 8.15am in sub zero temperature along with freezing fog, aiming, hoping to complete the challenge before the Eagles clash with Brighton.

Supported along the way by 2 deafness research support cars and a cycle mechanics van supplied by local Croydon business JR Cycles the riders were able to take in the great sights over the north downs as the fog and mist slowly cleared as well as going through the pain barrier on the steep hills and long roads to Selhurst.

After three and a half hours of grueling riding the first rider Keith Svssemilch arrived at Selhurst Park breaking the ribbon at the Sainsbury’s end of the ground to well earned applause and celebrations from family friends and supporters

The CPFC Foundation would like to thank Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Thornton Heath Leisure centre, Sainsbury’s and JR Cycles for their support in making the day so enjoyable and successful.

Colin Morris: Foundation Chief Executive
The event was a great success; the monies raised will enable the Foundation to further develop its disability programme and its charity of the year Deafness Research to aid research.