City and Save the Children Team Up To Support “Cubbies”


Melbourne City FC’s annual partnership with Save the Children Australia will continue for a third consecutive Melbourne Derby, with the Club this year working with its charity partner to support the Children’s Cubbies Program in Fitzroy.

On Saturday 19 December, at the highly-anticipated Round 11 Melbourne Derby, Melbourne City FC will provide support to Save the Children, which is in need of donations for the Cubbies Program.

Fans attending the match at AAMI Park will be encouraged to purchase a Santa Hat for a gold coin from Save the Children volunteers on the night.

Melbourne City FC’s Match Day Brochure, City Insider, will also be available for a gold coin donation at the match, with all proceeds going to Save the Children.

Match day donations and other activities at AAMI Park are expected to help provide a much-needed boost for the Cubbies’ operating budget for the next calendar year.

The Cubbies program has been providing young disadvantaged kids living in public housing in Fitzroy a much needed safe space since 1974, but the program has lost funding and is at risk of closing down.

Cubbies is a place where kids who might not have a safe environment in or around their home, can play football and other sports, learn to cook, create art, play the drums, and make cubby houses and receive support from youth workers.

Save the Children and the Club have had an ongoing partnership since 2012, with previous Melbourne Derbies providing a platform to help raise funds for children in need.

Melbourne City have helped raise funds for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013) and the ‘No Child Left Behind’ campaign (2014).

How can you help?

  • Provide a gold coin donation to Save the Children volunteers at AAMI Park, this Saturday 19 December for the Melbourne City vs. Melbourne Victory Round 11 Hyundai A-League match
  • Pick up a copy of Melbourne City FC’s Match Day brochure, City Insider, for a gold coin donation. The brochure contains details on how to make further donations and also includes editorial content, team lists, a kids zone and an Ivan Franjic Poster.
  • TEXT the word CUBBIES to 0437 371 371 and enter your payment details to make a tax-deductible donation
  • Visit https://www.savethechildren.org.au/donate/cubbies to learn more about Save the Children and Cubbies and donate today

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the largest child-specific not-for-profit organisation in the world with operations in 129 countries.  With focus areas in Education, Child Protection, Health and Emergency response, the organisation is prepared to deliver key services to achieve lasting change to children and young people where the need is greatest. Within Australia Save the Children has over 400 staff delivering programs for children living in poverty in over 150 locations.

About Cubbies

The Cubbies Program is situated near the Atherton Gardens Estate in Fitzroy and was first opened in 1974, as the first “Adventure Playground” in Australia. At its humble beginnings, the program existed as only a fence line and a few sheds. Over the next 39 years, Cubbies has evolved into an important service to the local community. It provides a safe and supervised space for unstructured play including activities such as giant swing, slides, table tennis, climbing, building, school holiday programs and kitchen garden.  Trained staff supervise and manage the activity to maximise outcomes and develop life skills for hundreds of children that attend.