Former Crystal Palace players Andrew Johnson, Eddie McGoldrick and Sasa Curcic are among those to confirm their attendance at the Palace for Life Foundation Marathon March this October.
With 100 days to go until the sponsored 26.2 mile walk across London on Saturday 13th October, over 70 Palace fans and supporters have now pledged to take part and raise money to support vulnerable young south Londoners and help turn their lives around.
In 2017 the inaugural Marathon March raised over £67,000, which helped to launch the Healthy Eagles campaign to improve the health and wellbeing of young people and their families, start a programme aiming to reduce youth violence, working with a local organisation that provides opportunities for young refugees and asylum seekers and hosting an FA talent day for young footballers with a disability.
Last year, Palace chairman Steve Parish walked alongside fans for the final five miles of the route, which starts at Selhurst Park and ends in Trafalgar Square, and he has encouraged the fanbase to come together for the charitable cause once again.
“I have seen first-hand the amazing work the Foundation does to inspire young people to make genuine, long lasting changes to their lives," he said. "In 2017, I was inspired to see so many Palace fans come together for the Marathon March in support of the Foundation’s work and I would encourage everyone to sign up again this year. The Marathon March is a really unique way for south Londoners to support the Foundation and raise vital funds to help the community.”
Foundation Patron Andrew Johnson, who scored 85 times for Palace during his career, particpated last year and is returning for this year's fundraising event.
He said: “The Marathon March was a truly great experience last year - it was fantastic to meet so many passionate Palace fans wanting to make a difference in south London and support their community. I didn’t hesitate to sign up again this year and I’m already looking forward to meeting everyone along the way.”
Eddie McGoldrick, who made 147 appearances for Palace and now runs a football academy on behalf of the Foundation, added: “I support the Marathon March because it’s open to anyone - it’s such a great way to get our local community involved in caring about our young people.”
Meanwhile, former midfielder Sasa Curcic is another big name getting involved, adding: “The work the Foundation does in getting young people active and healthy in south London is so important. I’m passionate about the work they do, which is why I’ll be there on the day supporting the Marathon March. I hope we’re able to raise a lot of money for this great cause.”
The Marathon March is a non-competitive, social event where the primary aim is to raise money for Palace for Life Foundation. All participants are asked to register for £25 and commit to raising a minimum of £300 each in sponsorship, and all those that do will see their name printed in the Palace matchday programme and on the Palace for Life website.