Bucket collection for Onda Solidária at Fluminense friendly

Donations to be made to Brazilian charity

Exeter City are pleased and proud to announce that the bucket collection which will take place at the friendly fixture against Fluminense U19 on Monday 20th July will be in aid of Onda Solidária, a Brazilian charity that helps some of the most underprivileged children in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.

Registered in England as ‘ChildrensAid’ (charity number 1104398), Onda Solidária has been providing relief to children from poor communities for over a decade by generating opportunities through education, sports and citizenship.

Exeter City has also been involved with the charity for over a decade – one of our first bucket collections for the Onda Solidária came way back in 2004, when the Brazilian Masters – led by World Cup-winning captain Dunga – were our guests at St James Park.

In addition, the Exeter City players visited the Vila dos Sonhos project last summer as part of the pre-season visit to Brazil, which is run by Onda Solidária.  Translated as ‘Village of Dreams’, the Juiz de Fora-based project is an eco-social centre in the mountains which is creating opportunities for community members (including young people, adults and seniors, and orphaned children) to develop individual skills and participate in workshops and lectures – and thus to give them a chance of a better life.

Exeter City’s Business Development Manager, Bruce Henderson, said: “The work that Onda Solidária has been doing over the last decade in Brazil is truly remarkable and we were privileged and humbled to see the fruits of their labour during our centenary visit a year ago.

“We are proud to have been a supporter of this fabulous charity for over ten years, and I am certain that Exeter City supporters will show their generosity at our historic match against Fluminense U19, and help to give opportunities to those that need them most.”