Some fans on supporter message boards have queried Cardiff City’s support for the Fred Keenor Statue Appeal. Fund project manager David Craig sets the record straight.
“The appeal for donations to help create and erect a statue to commemorate the life and career of Fred Keenor is making excellent headway and has topped £41,000 – almost half the £85,000 needed.
This is because of the wonderful support we have had from fans and also the support and direct involvement of Cardiff City Football Club – its management and staff.
Since the start of the fund-raising campaign 10 months ago, it is clear that the club fully understands and supports the appeal.
The club’s response to our request for help has been immediate. In addition, it has come up with its own ideas for publicity and fundraising and has followed these through to great success.
Two bucket collections have been held at the stadium and another bucket collection is planned before the season’s end.
The stadium superstore also sells the eight-inch statue maquettes pin badges on our behalf.
In July 2010 the club donated £1 from the sale of tickets for the Deportivo La Coruna friendly game and an evening with Dave Jones and Ricky Tomlinson proved a huge success.
The stadium was also made available at very short notice for a curry and quiz evening and staff were a great help.
We’ve been able to set up a Fred Keenor Statue Appeal display table on Levels 2 and 3 of the Grandstand on two match-days, and are more planned.
A tour of the stadium for fans has been organised and we hope to hold more during 2011 with another celebrity evening planned for later in the year.
If you have received your season ticket application form for 2010-11 you will see that there is an opportunity for fans to donate money in aid of the appeal when they renew their tickets. This was agreed to by the club without hesitation.
So, on my own behalf and the Fred Keenor Statue Appeal Group, I’d like to thank everyone at Cardiff City for their backing and involvement.”