The first team squad helped raise more than £71,000 for Right To Play, Help a Capital Child and the Chelsea Foundation during a charity event at Audi City London last night.
Fans met the players and had the opportunity to bid for a range of unique experiences, including training ground visits and the chance to row with British Olympic gold medallist and Right To Play ambassador Mark Hunter MBE.
Guests were welcomed by Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux during a champagne reception. Participants then took part in an evening of fun, playing on a number of gaming consoles and a Chelsea table football game signed by the players, which was also up for grabs in the auction.
The funds raised will now go towards helping underprivileged young people at home and abroad through our global charity partner Right To Play, the Chelsea Foundation and Help a Capital Child, with whom we enjoyed a three-year partnership between 2009 and 2012.
David Luiz, who joined his team-mates at the event, said: ‘Thank you to all the people that helped make money for the charities.
‘It’s important we always help people who need it and it was good to raise a lot of money. It was a fun night; we played computer games and table football with the kids but the most important thing is helping the people who need it, and it makes me happy to do that.’
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, who is also a Chelsea Foundation trustee, added: ‘These kind of events are always very popular and are a great way for the club to help raise much-needed money for these fantastic causes. It’s a lot of fun for the fans and it gives them a chance to learn about the charities involved and what they do as well as meet the players. We’d like to thank all our partners who helped make this event such a success.’
The club would also like to thank our partners Audi, Singha, EA Sports and Laurent Perrier, who all donated items for the event, with Audi hosting the evening at its first ever digital showroom in the heart of Piccadilly.
Johann Olav Koss, CEO and founder of Right To Play, was delighted with the event.
‘Right To Play is delighted to participate in this fantastic evening with the Chelsea squad at Audi City in London,’ he said. ‘It is special when top sports stars, and clubs, give their support to our cause that empowers and educates children around the world who are facing real adversity, through structured sport and play activities.
‘Chelsea, the players, sponsors and fans have consistently shown their dedication to Right To Play through events like this since our partnership began in 2007; we would like to thank them all for their incredible support.’
Dalton Leong, Managing Director of Help a Capital Child, added: ‘This event has been a great opportunity to celebrate with the ‘Champions of Europe’ and all of the amazing staff who supported us throughout our partnership.The money raised will make a huge difference to disadvantaged children and young people across London. Thank you Chelsea!’