Sunderland fans urged to show their colours for derby day

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FOOTBALL fans across Wearside are being urged to wear their team’s colours in honour of the derby match on Sunday.

The SAFC Foundation has teamed up with Sun FM to run the “Show Your Colours” day on Friday and is asking people to put local rivalries to one side and help raise money for the charity.

Schools, colleges and work places are all being encouraged to get involved and wear football strips from either team for the day.

People wanting to take part are asked to donate £1, which will be collected by Sun FM presenters, SAFC staff and special guests on the day, and all money raised will go to the Foundation.

Lynsey Thompson, SAFC Foundation Head of Development, said: “This event gives people the opportunity to demonstrate pride in their team whilst helping support local community projects.

“Those taking part can go as far as wearing their team’s full strip to their place of work or study, or even just wear a tie with their team’s colours in it.

“We hope that schools, colleges and workplaces across Sunderland will get behind ‘Show Your Colours’ and join us in celebrating community pride.”

The Foundation, which helps more than 40,000 people each year, is also running a one-off friendly football match for unemployed Black Cats and Toon Army fans who are part of the “Back in the Game” scheme.

The game, which will take place on Thursday and last 60 minutes, was first suggested by participants on the programme to demonstrate the sense of community they feel on the course.

Launched in 2009 the project now covers County Durham and South Tyneside, as well as Sunderland, and has helped more than 75 people find permanent jobs.

It aims to improve the skills of those participating as well as helping their confidence, communication skills and self-esteem.

To register for the “Show Your Colours” event visit www.sun-fm.com for more details or email lynsey.thompson@safc.com.

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