21 Dec 2012

GAC and Crystal Palace Football Club team up with the World Food Programme to shine light on world hunger

20 December 2012 – GAC is helping to promote the fight against global hunger this Christmas by donating the space on Crystal Palace players' shirts where its brand usually appears to the world's largest humanitarian aid organisation, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). As a result, the WFP logo will be beamed around the world during the key match against Huddersfield Town on 22 December and will aim to promote awareness and support for WFP's vital work.

GAC and Crystal Palace Football Club team up with the World Food Programme to shine light on world hungerGAC Humanitarian Aid Team – supporting aid agencies around the world
The opportunity to place WFP’s logo on the Crystal Palace shirts arose through the organisation’s relationship with GAC which provides shipping and logistics services to move food and humanitarian supplies around the world. In India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Turkey recently, GAC's dedicated Humanitarian Aid Team has provided a range of integrated shipping and logistics support to get aid to those most in need. In Iraq, GAC was the ship agent responsible for ensuring fast, smooth port procedures for the dry bulk grain ships discharging their cargoes there.

Simon Heywood, GAC Humanitarian Aid Team Leader, says: "GAC is thrilled to support WFP this Christmas and to help raise awareness of the excellent work they do for humankind around the world. We have been working with WFP and other aid agencies for many years now, supporting their efforts around the world. Donating our branding space on footballers’ shirts to the WFP is another way of underlining our corporate ethos of not only doing well as a business but - wherever we can - also doing good."

Powerful gesture
"This is a powerful, charitable gesture by Crystal Palace and their main sponsor, GAC," said Greg Barrow, head of WFP’s UK office. "We’re always looking for more supporters to help us to continue our work on the frontlines of hunger, and this is a great opportunity to tap into a new fan base at a great football club."

Phil Alexander, Chief Executive of Crystal Palace adds: "We are delighted to work with GAC, the club’s main sponsor, in giving much needed exposure to the World Food Programme. "After the game the shirts will be signed by each player and auctioned with the proceeds going to WFP. Details will be published on www.cpfc.co.uk."

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