EVERTON will wear a special one-off birthday shirt on Saturday against Aston Villa – to celebrate 25 years of the club’s pioneering Everton in the Community initiative.
Shirt sponsors Chang have agreed to donate their advertising space on the Blues shirt for one game only.
Instead of the brewer’s name, the Blues will wear shirts carrying a special Everton in the Community 25 years logo.
Everton in the Community was established on February 1, 1988 and over the last 25 years has grown to be one of the most well-respected and pioneering sporting charities in the UK.
To mark the silver jubilee anniversary, the charity is inviting all Evertonians to be part of an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £1million to help the charity in its mission to support even more vulnerable and underprivileged people on Merseyside – for the next 25 years and beyond.
Everton in the Community is asking 40,000 supporters, the capacity of Goodison Park, to each raise just £25 to help achieve their target.
Chang’s willingness to give up their shirt branding for a match is evidence of the rapport between the Blues and Thai beer brand, a relationship which goes back to 2004.
The specially designed shirt is part of a number of activities being staged to celebrate Everton in the Community’s 25th anniversary, with supporters also set to be treated to a host of entertainment ahead of kick-off on the day.
Everton in the Community staff and volunteers will be on hand outside the stadium to encourage supporters to get in the party spirit. There will be giveaways, music, special appearances and face painting on the Everton Road Show.
Tickets are still available for the Aston Villa fixture on 0871 663 1878, by visiting the Park End Box Office, the Ticket Quarter, Everton Two or online at evertonfc.com/eticketing.