Thursday 16 March 2023, 13:00

Football community supports cyclone and flood relief efforts in Aotearoa New Zealand

FIFA and the football community across Aotearoa New Zealand have shown their support for those hardest hit by floods and Cyclone Gabrielle that has caused devastation across the country. Ticket revenue from the two matches on 22 February at the recent Play-Off Tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ (FWWC2023) in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa and Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau has been donated to the New Zealand Red Cross Disaster Fund. FIFA has also donated excess Coca-Cola drinks from the tournament to KiwiHarvest to give to affected communities, while some Adidas clothing and football equipment from the tournament will be gifted to Māori Football Aotearoa to distribute. FWWC2023 Head of Sustainability Dr Sheila Nguyen said with the Play-Off Tournament being held in the immediate aftermath of this climate disaster, everyone was keen to show their support. “When we all witnessed the complete devastation from the floods and with Cyclone Gabrielle, FIFA wanted to do what it could to assist and to extend the opportunity to our fans to support the communities hardest hit by the climate events." Dr Nguyen said FWWC2023 staff in Aotearoa New Zealand are planning to volunteer over the next few months to help out with the rebuild efforts.