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Changing the world, one Facebook group at a time. January 20, 2010

Posted by lil D in stories.

Diarmuid Hayes has joined the group “Kicking Things When They Fall Over To Try And Soften The Fall”

Diarmuid Hayes has joined the group “When I’m Older I’ll Talk About The Hard Winter Of 09/10”

While entertaining for a moment or two, these Facebook groups that hundred of thousands ‘join’ are pointless and don’t serve any purpose, but I have recently joined a new group, and I think it’s important I tell you about it.

Soccer Stars for Haiti is an idea them stemmed out of an article by Vincent Hogan in the Irish Independent.

Players have means to make a difference

Imagine if every professional footballer in the world donated one day’s pay to the relief effort in Haiti.

We’re not even talking ancillary earnings here. Just basic wage, football salary. Cristiano Ronaldo alone could write a cheque for £25,000.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kaka? Just under £24,000 each.

Put it this way. If John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba bought into the idea over morning coffee at Chelsea, together they could deliver a cheque for £71,555 to one of the humanitarian agencies now dealing with unimaginable horror in Port-au-Prince.

That’s almost £150,000 from just seven footballers. So imagine every paid footballer on the planet buying into the idea. We’re talking billions here, not millions. For just one day.

Sound overly simplistic? You’re probably right. What on earth could I have been thinking?

A Facebook campaign has been set up by a group of Irish student to accomplish this.  Hoping to emulate the success of the recent Facebook campaign to get Rage Against The Machine to Christmas number 1, the group relies on it’s members to spread the word about it to their friends.  I know that two students from DCU Ed Leamy and Noel Rock, have been working tirelessly to catch the public’s attention and make the nice idea a reality.

The group has grown from strength to strength, and at the time of me posting, in it’s third day of existence,  it has spread to the UK and to the US and has gained 6,817 members which is great achievement for the cause, but nothing when you compare it to the 126,00 members of the group “‘Let’s eat Grandma!’ or, Let’s eat, Grandma!’. Punctuation saves lives”

As has been pointed out on the group’s page “Footballers have a privelleged position in life because they were fortunate. They were born with a skill, a skill they might have had to work hard to develop but none the less one they were born with. They have a duty to help those who weren’t so lucky.”

As the second earthquake hits Haiti, I urge you all to join and to use whatever media connections you have to help publicize this campaign.

The group can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&ref=mf&gid=260387992697



1. nessy - January 27, 2010

I met Noel on Saturday who is involved in Soccer Stars for Haiti.. doing an immense amount of work!

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