EDMONTON, AB – FC Edmonton is launching a fundraising campaign to benefit the Royal Alexandra Hospital in its effort to treat patients with COVID-19, the club’s front office announced today.
Healthcare professionals continue to provide treatment to patients at the hospital with Coronavirus, and important equipment needed to assist them is currently in short supply.
The campaign, titled “FCEd Shorts for the Shortage,” is designed to raise funds to purchase equipment needed by the hospital, and the goal to raise is a minimum of $4,500. The campaign will begin on Wednesday, April 22 and it will end on Sunday, May 3 at 11:59 PM (MT).
To support the campaign, fans are encouraged to purchase a special package that includes a pair of FC Edmonton logo athletic shorts, a team signed poster, a VIP experience, and designation as a “COVID Community Commando” with exclusive recognition at a future FC Edmonton home game.
All proceeds from the sale of the COVID Community Commando Packs will be donated directly to the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Fans can learn more details about the campaign and purchase packs for $25 each by going to: www.shopfcedmonton.com/products/covid-19-commando-pack
“Sports has always been a way to bring communities together and now more than ever we need to all embrace our community, and stand by our health care professionals as they provide our first line of defense against COVID-19,” FC Edmonton Head Coach and Interim General Manager Jeff Paulus Said.
The items for which are in short supply include: Mobile poles for holding intravenous (IV) bags, portable cardiac monitors, portable vital signs machines, storage carts for holding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and iPads (so doctors and nurses are able to communicate with patients without being in close physical proximity to them).
“We are tremendously grateful to FC Edmonton for its community-mindedness,” Sharlene Rutherford, President & CEO of Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation said. “The Royal Alex is taking both a sword and shield approach to the COVID pandemic. On one hand, we have the true courage of our frontline care providers who, while concerned for their own health and that of their families, stay the course and battle on to save lives each day; Meanwhile, our clinician-researchers are taking an offensive position by directly participating in clinical trials. This is research that will ultimately help us win the war. Thank you FC Edmonton, and thank you to your fans, for helping this hospital save lives today and tomorrow.”
Fans are also encouraged to help promote the campaign by sharing #FCEdShortsForShortage on their social media pages. Get your COVID Community Commando Pack now!
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Kassim Khimji, Communications and Marketing Manager
ABOUT FC EDMONTON
Founded by Tom and Dave Fath in 2010, FC Edmonton is a founding member of the Canadian Premier League, a Tier 1 Canadian professional men’s soccer league that debuted on April 27, 2019. Previously, the club was a founding member of the most recent iteration of the North American Soccer League, making the playoffs twice. FC Edmonton plays out of Clarke Stadium and continues to be an outlet for professional Canadian players to compete at home.
ABOUT ROYAL ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL
The Royal Alexandra Hospital is Western Canada’s biggest hospital, maintaining 869 beds and caring for more than 500,000 patients annually. Operated by Alberta Health Services and located north of Edmonton, Alberta’s downtown core, the Royal Alexandra serves a diverse community stretching from downtown Edmonton to Western and Northern Canada.