Star to be revealed as charity ambassador.
X Factor finalist Carolynne Poole is set to be announced as the first ambassador of North East charity the Foundation of Light at this weekend’s Sunderland AFC game against Arsenal.
The Barclays Premier League game has been designated as ‘Foundation Day’ in recognition of the club’s registered charity, the Foundation of Light which worked with more than 40,000 children and adults last year.
Taking place on Saturday 9th February, the aim of the day is to raise awareness and funds for the organisation which is structurally and financially independent of the Foundation.
Carolynne will meet Foundation of Light trustees, including Sir Tim Rice, Kate Adie OBE and Sir Bob Murray CBE, at the game and be announced as an official ambassador during half time.
The singer first came into contact with the charity after performing at their ‘Fashion Strikes’ catwalk show last November.
Speaking of the appointment Carolynne said: “I’m delighted and honoured to become the first Foundation of Light Ambassador. After meeting people from the Foundation and learning more about the good work that they do I decided I wanted to be involved more. When they suggested becoming an Ambassador I jumped at the chance.”
Foundation of Light Chief Executive Lesley Spuhler added: “I’m very excited to announce Carolynne as our very first Foundation of Light Ambassador. As well as being an incredible talent she is very community minded and we’re looking forward to working with her in the future.”
Foundation of Light ambassadors will aim to raise the profile of the charity and help support them with their individual skills.
A range of other activities will also take place throughout the ‘Foundation Day’, both outside the Stadium prior to kick off and at half time on the pitch. There will be opportunities for fans to win some fantastic prizes as well as learn more about the work of charity. A ‘Friend of the Foundation’ initiative will also be launched at the game aimed at helping community spirited individuals become involved in supporting positive change in the region.
Established 11 years ago by former Sunderland AFC Chairman Sir Bob Murray CBE, the Foundation of Light is one of the biggest and most developed football foundations in the world. Structurally and financially independent from the football club, the Foundation relies on fundraising for 95% of project costs every year.
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