22 October 2012
John Rankin today helped launch the first Weatherseal and SPL Charity Weekend.
And for the first time, supporters will have the opportunity to vote for their chosen charity that will benefit from activity at all league games on the weekend of 8th/9th December.
A shortlist of five charities has been selected by the clubs. They are: Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), Samaritans Scotland, Shelter Scotland, Football Memories as part of Alzheimer Scotland and Scottish Women's Aid.
The chosen charity will benefit from collections at all fixtures. Weatherseal, the SPL's official home improvement partner will also gift their marketing rights for that weekend. This includes advertising space and digital perimeter display boards.
Voting is now open via a dedicated website, www.weatherseal-charity.co.uk. The poll closes on 29th October.
Weatherseal managing director Tony Reilly said:
"Weatherseal is proud to be launching this new initiative. This has been a season about supporters and I am sure they will help raise as much as possible for the chosen charity."
SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster added:
"This is a great opportunity for supporters to have their say in this new project. I'd like to thank Weatherseal for generously supporting the initiative."
Michael White Alzheimer Scotland Football Memories project manager said: "Thousands of people with dementia love their football and Football Memories harnesses that passion for the game to improve their lives. We are therefore delighted to have the chance to take part in a charity weekend launched by Weatherseal and the Scottish Premier League and Weatherseal."
Tanya Rhodes, Scottish Women's Aid media worker added:
"We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Weatherseal/SPL charity weekend, and call upon all Scotland's football fans to join us in blowing the whistle on domestic abuse. Domestic abuse has a huge effect throughout families and communities, and everyone can play their part in making it STOP."
Andrew Sim, Samaritans executive director for Scotland said: "Samaritans is delighted to be a Charity Candidate as part of the Weatherseal and Scottish Premier League Charity Weekend. We see it as a great opportunity to highlight the links between physical activity and mental wellbeing and to tell people about our service and the great work of Samaritans volunteers across Scotland."
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, says:
"We are delighted to be one of the charities chosen by Weatherseal and the Scottish Premier League to be involved in this exciting fundraising initiative.