In 2009 Jamie Carragher, the Vice Captain of Liverpool Football Club, was sat down one day thinking to himself: "What can I do to help the youth of Merseyside in Sport, How can my family and I make a difference in our City?" Jamie Carragher decided the following:
"I have really enjoyed my career to date at Liverpool Football Club and it is now time to do more and more for Charity in the Merseyside area. But how can I help? First of all along with my family and friends we decided to donate all the proceeds from my Testomonial year to Charity. Then after a great deal of consideration I decided that was not enough because I wanted to set up something that would last a lifetime and that is why the 23 Foundation was formed."
The 23 Foundation aims to give local kids in Merseyside a chance to achieve their dreams through local charities, clubs and community initiatives by providing the means to make a difference." That is whether it be helping local kids recover from illness or helping to provide a framework for achieving their goals! The Merseyside community - of which Jamie Carragher himself is very much a part of - can help develop more confident, well rounded individuals. In giving children a reason to recover from illness or the means to express their talents, we can show them there are many ways to succeed on a personal and career level by being part of a team.Jamie Carragher explains:
"Being part of a team and achieving something together is much more satisfying and I know without the help of my team and teams with which I grew up with I would not have become the individual I am today. I want to help as many children as possible to have a better life. If they are suffering from illness we will try to help or, if they need help in sport, we will also try to aid them. The 23 foundation promotes the idea of "we" and "us" because together as a community and with help from people like you reading this, we can accomplish anything."
Jamie Carragher and the 23 Foundation are aiming to raise as much money as possible through sales of memorabilia and donations and the initial capital will never be touched. It is the aim of the 23 Foundation to help give kids a chance in the Merseyside Local Community by only ever spending the interest raised on the capital investment. Jamie Carragher explains:
"There's no set idea of exactly where the money will go. Each year we'll look at different causes and projects and then see where we feel the money will be best spent."
Jamie Carragher and his wife Nicola have very kindly decided to donate all the proceeds from Jamie's Testimonial Game, Gala Black Tie Dinner and Charity Golf Day to the 23 Foundation which will go some way towards the total. There are many other initiatives running in parallel with these events which will also help. There will be a lot of work to do and it is not going to happen overnight! Jamie Carragher explains:
"With an initial target of around £1million, the plan is to use the interest gained to pump £100,000 a year back into the community to assist those in need. We will also supplement those funds on a monthly basis with profits made from sales and donations."
All net profits made from the events and activities will be donated to the 23 Foundation, administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, registered charity number 1068887
The 23 Foundation has already had lots and lots of enquiries from organisations and people asking for money because they genuinely need help now! So, as an interim measure Jamie Carragher has decided that we will help people on a case by case basis by donating signed Memorabilia which can then be auctioned off within their own clubs to raise funds at a local level. Jamie Carragher explains:
"The 23 Foundation aims to give local kids in Merseyside a chance to achieve their dreams through local charities, clubs and community initiatives by providing the means to make a difference in society whether it be helping them recover from illness or helping to provide a framework for achieving their goals! We will eventually help by pumping cash into the local community but, in the meantime, where possible, we will help out in other ways."
From 2011 voluntary sector and community groups will be invited to apply for grants from the 23 Foundation via the Community Foundation for Merseyside and details on the application process will be available on this website and the Community Foundation's website.
Jamie Carragher says through the 23 Foundation we are sowing the seeds of success in Merseyside with some quick wins in terms of, the many people and organisations which we have already helped out during the last year. I like to refer to all the people and organisations which we have helped to date as the "Friends of the 23 Foundation".
We are always on the look out for Ambassadors who can add value to the Virtual 23 Foundation team at all levels from just helping to spread the word right the way through to Board level.
At this moment in time we are looking for High Level Ambassadors in Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley, Halton, St Helens and The Wirral.
Can you add value? If so, Please use the contact page to explain how you feel that you can help out and your name will be added to our waiting list, which is reviewed on a monthly basis. If you are then shortlisted you will be contacted with further instructions and you may even be asked to attend an interview.
Thank you for your initial enquiry to help give local kids a chance.