Olympique Lyonnais supports caregivers!
Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, during periods of confinement and otherwise, professional football clubs have shown their solidarity, multiplying their initiatives in an innovative way and keeping an eye on the needs on the ground: financial donations, food donations, loaning buses, provisions for infrastructure, donations of tablets, masks, protective gowns, relaying prevention messages or even fun activities for children and adults on their social networks, etc.
UNITED TO SUPPORT HEALTHCARE WORKERS
The third matchday of Ligue 1 Uber Eats and Ligue 2 BKT will be an opportunity to mobilize all of professional football to pay tribute to medical workers.
For their trip to the Matmut Atlantique, Olympique Lyonnais will be accompanied by the OL Fondation virtual reality robot, traditionally used on match nights at Groupama Stadium for hospitalized children in Lyon. This time, it will be a joint operation with Bordeaux, which also has a robot, to allow two patients from each city, affected by COVID-19, to go behind the scenes of this match.
In the stadiums, a minute of applause will be observed at the end of the pre-match ceremonies. All supporters present for this occasion are invited to join in this tribute. The captains will also be invited to wear an armband "Support heathcare workers", which has also been offered to other people involved in these matches.
TOGETHER AGAINST LA COVID-19
Engaged community initiatives for more than 13 years in the area, Olympique Lyonnais, through its foundation and its endowment fund, has supported the actions of those working in the field in response to the health crisis. During this exceptional period, the Club has succeeded in mobilizing its entire community to very quickly deploy significant financial, material and human resources.
From the start of the crisis, several measures were put in place by Olympique Lyonnais in consultation with local authorities, on the medical side but also on the social side. For this, the Club immediately allocated a total budget of € 300,000, divided between the Fondation des Hospices Civils de Lyon and four Lyon-based charities working with the most disadvantaged people in the Lyon metropolitan area. The Club's partners, supporters and fans reinforced this approach through a crowdfunding campaign, which made it possible to redistribute an additional € 166,000 in a few weeks.
Many partners also showed their sympathy and provided assistance with a wide variety of in-kind donations (groups of supporters, business partner). The actions of the Club and the generosity of the entire OL community have taken different forms so that everyone can mobilize and support those affected and frontline staff, our #ChampionsAuQuotidien.
In total, it is estimated that professional clubs have collected more than 3 million euros for healthcare workers and people in precarious situations. This complements the many solidarity initiatives that have been carried by players, coaches, club presidents, football authorities, etc.
A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO HOSPITALS
Before the health crisis, 90% of professional football clubs had already been working with hospitals in their community across several seasons. Olympique Lyonnais, through its foundation, has, since 2018, been engaged in a new partnership on the theme of health with the Hôpital Femme Mère Enfant, as part of a global project "Sport and health for sick children" and the first hospital to have a “Transition Space” dedicated to adolescents with chronic illnesses.
Numerous initiatives are organized each season, in particular with the professional women's and men's teams, as well as with young people and educators from the OL Academy, to work with young patients.
Previously, OL Fondation's activities around health care have been in action for more than 7 years with young patients of the Institute of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Center Léon Bérard, which offers care for children and adolescents suffering from cancer (both tumors and blood diseases) and benign hematology. The Léon Bérard Center is a regional and national center entirely dedicated to the fight against cancer. It brings together a hospital for patient care and a research center on a single site.
Photo taken in December 2019