RFU welcomes charity partnership with SSAFA
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We are excited to announce that the Rugby Football Union (RFU) today announced SSAFA as its military charity partner for 2016. The RFU is committed to commemorating the armed services community, veterans of war and remembering those who have lost their lives as a result of war or conflict.
Commenting on the launch of the RFU partnership David Murray, chief executive for SSAFA said; “Established in 1885, SSAFA was the leading national military charity supporting the armed forces at the start of World War One and so it is a great honour for the charity to work with the RFU as it commemorates those who lost their lives in the Great War. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RFU for choosing SSAFA as its charity partner and also acknowledging the vital support the charity gave the families of those who went to fight within days of war breaking out.”
Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive Rugby Football Union said: “The RFU is proud of its long history commemorating the dedication and sacrifice of our service men and women. We are delighted to welcome SSAFA as the RFU’s military charity partner for 2016. As we remember those who lost their lives in the Great War at this time of centenary, SSAFA are a very apposite partner, the charity having supported the Armed Forces for over 130 years.”
The RFU will support SSAFA to connect the rugby family with the charity through various fundraising initiatives in 2016, including their Big Brew Up and SAFFA Ride to the Somme 2016. We look forward to having them on board.