In an effort to continue to promote inclusivity and unity for new arrivals and migrants in Western Sydney, the club distributed the first of 1,000 Memberships yesterday evening at the Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre (MRC).
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas and Hyundai A-League players Brendan Hamill and Abraham Majok attended the launch of the initiative, which is part of a pilot program supported by Blacktown City Council.
The initiative will see the club work with a number of Western Sydney resettlement and migrant advocacy groups to distribute 1,000 Memberships to the community.
The Membership on offer gives access to the Wanderers’ final two matches of the season at ANZ Stadium and also includes a membership hat, scarf and free train travel to and from the matches.
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said that the club was delighted to be able to play a part in helping new migrants find their feet.
“It’s a very proud moment for us to be involved in projects such as this. We’re a club that was founded on the basis of you being part of us and we being a part of you.
“We’re all about helping people integrate into our community and if we can do anything in terms of allowing this to happen, all the better.”
Kamalle Dabboussy, CEO of Western Sydney MRC, said it was an important day for the migrant community.
“Today’s moments are very important for the groups we work with, it gives them a sense of belonging, it gives them a sense of inclusion and it gives them a sense of being a part of the mainstream community as well.
“I really hope it gives them the confident to get out and see games; I think it gives them a sense of inclusion, it brings them a sense of camaraderie with other people and they can see the passions are the same – there’s much more things that make us similar and unite us than things that make us different.”