The record capacity crowd at the Parramatta in Sydney exploded in celebration as the 64th minute goal from "super sub" Tomi Juric of the Western Sydney Wanderers in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final gave the two and half year old team an advantage over the challengers Al-Hilal as they go into the second leg to be played this weekend in Riyadh.
But, those were not the only celebrations. The One Goal campaign, AFC's official charity which also celebrated the donation of 10% of the gate collections towards programmes that support young Aboriginal people around Sydney to grow up strong and connect with culture, school, jobs and communities.
The One Goal campaign, a partnership between AFC, World Vision, Royal DSM, GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) and the AFDP (Asian Football Development Project) leverages the power of football to end child malnutrition in Asia.
According to Stefan Germann, Executive Director, One Goal, "To be a champion, it doesn’t start on the field or at practice; rather it starts with good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Poor nutrition from the start of life and an unhealthy lifestyle later in life are the reason why Asia’s children – future footballers – aren’t able to compete equally with their international counterparts on the field or in life. " One Goal has been running the ’Champions For Child Nutrition’ initiative alongside the Asia Champions' League to inspire football fans to take action to end child malnutrition in Asia.
The donation, approved by the Competitions committee of the AFC will be used by One Goal to support World Vision Australia’s Young Mob Leaders Program, which aims to provide leadership development opportunities for Aboriginal youth in Sydney as well as build resilience, healthy lifestyles, and reinforce cultural knowledge systems within Aboriginal communities.
The ‘Champions For Child Nutrition’ initiative seeks to create supporters who can promote and encourage grassroots football, a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition for every child in Asia. Asia's champions including Al Hilal, Al Sadd,AlAin, Al Ittihad, Pohang Steelers, FC Seoul and Guangzhou Evergrande have also been supporting this campaign.