The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and S.League clubs will partner the “Friends of Ganesan” in its campaign to raise funds to help former FAS Chairman Nadesan Ganesan, who is recovering from a stroke.
Spearheaded by Col (Ret) Gurcharan Singh, the campaign aims to encourage more well-wishers to come forward to assist and support Mr Ganesan’s recuperation and stay at his nursing home.
FAS had assisted in fund-raising efforts early last year, with the funds raised being channelled to the N. Ganesan Trust Fund, which was set up by his family members and friends last year to ensure that he receives appropriate nursing care.
A portion of the gate receipts from Saturday’s LionsXII-ATM FA match will also be donated by FAS to a trust fund, which will be set up and administered by the “Friends of Ganesan.”
In addition, from April 25 to May 17, each local S.League club will also contribute a portion of the gate receipts from their home match to the same trust fund. This S.League-initiated charity will begin next Thursday, when the Courts Young Lions take on Home United FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
All football fans are encouraged to turn up for the mentioned matches to support this charitable cause. A complete list can be found below:
Date Match Venue
April 25 Courts Young Lions vs Home United FC Jalan Besar Stadium
April 26 Hougang United FC vs Harimau Muda Jalan Besar Stadium
April 27 Tampines Rovers FC vs Woodlands Wellington FC Clementi Stadium
May 2 Woodlands Wellington FC vs Balestier Khalsa FC Woodlands Stadium
May 5 Tanjong Pagar United FC vs Tampines Rovers FC Queenstown Stadium
May 6 Albirex Niigata vs Harimau Muda Jurong East Stadium
May 8 Balestier Khalsa FC vs Tanjong Pagar United FC Toa Payoh Stadium
May 10 Warriors FC vs Albirex Niigata Jalan Besar Stadium
May 16 Geylang International vs Balestier Khalsa FC Bedok Stadium
May 17 Home United FC vs Albirex Niigata Jalan Besar Stadium
*All S.League matches will kick off at 7.30pm.
FAS President Zainudin Nordin also mentioned that they have sought out contributions from stakeholders, as well as pledging support for an upcoming fund-raising dinner event.
“We are proud to work with the S.League clubs to support the fund-raising efforts and we hope to see more football fans turn up at our S.League matches to support this charitable cause for both Mr Ganesan and his family, as well as to support our football teams playing in Singapore’s professional league,” he remarked.
“FAS always values and appreciates the contributions of those, including Mr Ganesan, who have made a difference to the sport not only in Singapore but also in Asia. I would like to take this opportunity to seek the support from more well-wishers which will greatly assist both Mr Ganesan and his family as he continues his recovery.”