Polish Reds Seek Power of the Club Anthem

Think of Poland and Liverpool and thoughts immediately turn to Jerzy Dudek. As the 1st June narrows into distance, you could be forgiven for your attentions to be solely focused on another European Cup Final.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek celebrates victory in the Champions League final (Photo by Mike Egerton – EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

In Poland, however this date correlates with their celebration of International Childrens Day. With these 2 dates coinciding, a group of Polish Liverpool supporters have aimed to harness the power of Liverpool’s anthem – “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to raise money for a children’s home in.

Tomasz Jaskółka is the man responsible for creating the crowdfunding page (zrzutka.pl – a Polish equivalent of JustGiving). He initially created the page to try and raise awareness as well as raising money for a children’s home. In Poland, International Children’s day is celebrated widely with a number of events, concerts and activities held. Back in 2012, Liverpool FC published an article as well as supported Ewa Kieryk who was a Polish girl who suffered amputation of both of her legs following an accident involving a moving train. With the support of the club and former defender Jamie Carragher, the club publicised the appeal to raise the £40,000 for prosthetic legs.

Tomasz initially released the link into a Facebook group containing Polish Liverpool supporters and the link was widely shared, raising over £1,000 within the first 3 days of the campaign being live. The campaign will run until the end of June but with the dates of the final and children’s day coinciding, the aim is to now extend the knowledge of this particular activity to all Liverpool supporters as opposed to those solely based in Poland and have circulated the campaign to Polish media.

Anybody wishing to contribute can learn more and donate here – https://zrzutka.pl/en/69d58a. Whilst harnessing the club’s anthem to ensure these children do not walk alone and are supported, there have been a number of items kindly donated for a raffle within the Polish Reds facebook group including an Istanbul signed shirt by Djimi Traore and a John Barnes signed shirt. Should anybody have any other fundraising ideas, please contact @RadoChmiel on Twitter who will be able to coordinate this to Tomasz and those involved in Poland.

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