Sunderland AFC midfielder Luke O’Nien has been presented with a community award by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) in recognition of his ongoing support for the club’s official charity, Foundation of Light.
After nominating the 24-year-old for his significant contribution to the community this season, Luke received his award from the Foundation’s Director of Programmes, Jamie Wright, on behalf of the PFA at the Academy of Light earlier this month.
The PFA Community Champion Award aims to raise awareness of the great support that PFA members provide to their club’s community activities during the season.
O’Nien has shown his support to a variety of Foundation of Light educational programmes, as well as assisting fans with the Big Seat Change, attending hospital and hospice visits, and spending time engaging with the local business community at networking events.
I am delighted to accept the Community Champion Award – it means a lot to me.
Since joining the club in July, I have loved being part of the Sunderland community and getting involved with a range of different projects.
The work the Foundation does is incredible and for me to play a small part in that is something I’m proud of.
Jamie Wright, added: “Luke has been a wonderful support to the Foundation this season.
“The help, advice and inspiration he has offered to our young people, fans and community is invaluable. We are absolutely delighted to present him with this award and say thank you for all he has done.”
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Written By CHRIS FRYATT
25 April 2019