WIGAN Athletic’s official charity partnership for the 2015-16 season with domestic violence support group DIAS will be officially launched at Saturday’s match.
The Latics players will be warming up in branded t-shirts, a collection is being held at the Sky Bet League One match against Swindon Town in aid of DIAS and wristbands will be on sale.
The players and manager Gary Caldwell have also taken part in a video entitled Don’t Stay Silent, which highlights some of the issues of domestic violence in the area.
Gary said: “When they watch the video and read up on the facts, our supporters will understand why the club has decided to support the work done by DIAS. It’s a subject people are often afraid to tackle, but that’s exactly why we wanted to help.
“If the association with the club can ease the suffering of even just one new victim, then all of the effort will be worthwhile.
“People talk about the stress of being involved in football but when you see the work carried out by groups like DIAS, then it puts everything into perspective. We are honoured to be associated with them.”
It’s a subject people are often afraid to tackle, but that’s exactly why we wanted to helpGary Caudwell
Jeanette Bailey, DIAS chief officer, said: “When we applied to be an official Wigan Athletic charity, we didn’t think we stood a chance because our work is something which many people find difficult to talk about.
“But the club have been so supportive from the outset and the exposure we are receiving will hopefully help to change many people’s lives for the better in the borough.”
In the Don’t Stay Silent video, nine players, Jason Pearce, Max Power, Craig Morgan, Tim Chow, Donervon Daniels, Will Grigg, Richard O’Donnell, Don Cowie and David Perkins, along with Gary Caldwell, present facts relating to domestic violence – along with contact details for DIAS.
DIAS, short for Drop In And Share, is based on King Street in Wigan town centre and have helped many thousands of victims of domestic violence in the area since 1994.
For more information on support available, visit www.diasdvc.org.