To mark the Club 122nd birthday, AC Milan – Going through Fondazione Milan – celebrates its commitment to social responsibility, a key value of the Club, with the announcement of a charitable project in collaboration with Unicef for children in South Sudan.
At the heart of the initiative is the course of a very special Rossoneri jersey from the season 2016/17 with “Balotelli 45“printed on the back. The jersey was discovered and photographed by a Danish war photographer Jan Grarup during a trip to South sudan to document the effects of the severe floods, which have ravaged the country for years, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless and without access to food and clean water.
In the village of Canal sur le Nile, the photographer encountered a young boy wearing an AC Milan jersey which – torn with wear and tear – had evidently been repaired and sewn on several occasions. Being an AC Milan fan himself and admiring the dedication and passion reflected in a shirt he dubbed a “Work of art”, Grarup asked the boy if he could exchange his AC Milan shirt for a new one and then donated it to the Club. The Club immediately accepted the donation as a symbol of belonging, dedication and passion, which brings together Rossoneri fans from all over the world, regardless of their age or social status.
So, from today, this special South Sudan jersey will be on display in the Mondo Milan Museum at Casa Milan – the Rossoneri headquarters in Milan – in a new exhibition dedicated to the educational and social projects implemented by Fondazione Milan. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to donate money for the many initiatives and campaigns – which take place in Italy and abroad – promoted by the NGO Rossoneri.