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Patrick Vieira signs up for Santa Stroll

  • 25 November 2011 08:18
  • Posted by Chris Bailey

Patrick Vieira is the latest big name to sign up to our annual charity blockbuster – the Santa Stroll.

The World Cup winner, now Football Development Executive for City, will kick off his own Joyeux Noel by donning one of the specially made, sky blue Father Christmas suits and stepping out alongside fellow City fans and celebrities.

French sporting legend Vieira’s participation in the event is the latest sign of its global appeal with hundreds of blue Santa’s set to pop up all over the globe between now and December 4, the date the Etihad Stadium will be swamped by thousands of strolling temporary members of the Claus family.

We have already set international fans a challenge – to represent their own country in the Santa Stroll by donning their sky blue Santa Suits at iconic landmarks around the planet.

Supporters have been asked to record a festive video message for Roberto Mancini and the team from wherever their stroll is taking place. The best sky blue Santa in a foreign country will receive a signed and framed photo of Mario Balotelli celebrating his first goal in the 6-1 derby win over United.

Suits have been sent worldwide to City fans in Australia, South Africa, Phuket and Hong Kong, Spain, Norway, Ireland, and Sweden

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There is set to be an LA version, a White House Santa Stroll, and one in the heart of New York City by children from the Lexington Academy, to whom Manchester City donated a rooftop pitch, unveiled in July 2010.

The best of the photos and videos received will be showcased in a gallery of worldwide City Santas on mcfc.co.uk and on our official YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, back in Manchester David Threlfall, star of comedy-drama favourite Shameless, will be pulling on his sky blue Santa suit when Roberto gets proceedings under way at 11.30am.

While Shameless anti-hero Frank Gallagher is as lazy as they come, as a lad David would walk three miles to Maine Road with his grandad, so the 2.5k stroll should be a doddle.

He'll be joined by John Henshaw, the hilariously grumpy landlord from Early Doors, and Bill Tarmey, who played much-loved Jack Duckworth for 30 years in Coronation Street.

But everybody will be a star on Sunday, as a fun day out boosts the partnership between City and Sport Relief to help young people and families in east Manchester reach their goals.

Entry costs £15 for adults and £12 for children, including the exclusive sky blue Santa suit, a race number, medal and a goodie bag upon completion.

All participants will also receive 15 per cent off at the City Store on the day on production of a valid race number.

Tickets are now available to purchase in person at the box office or online at  www.mcfc.co.uk/santastroll. Suits will be available to collect from Thursday 1 December.

Due to the event's popularity all 500 children’s suit have now sold out.

City and Sport Relief have teamed up to create Shoot for the Moon, an exciting new fundraising partnership to help young people reach their goals.


The Shoot for the Moon Santa Stroll is the first in a series of great days out where City fans and local people can get active, raise cash and change lives.
For further details about the partnership and other ways in which you can get involved please visit mcfc.co.uk/shootforthemoon

Those that want to take part in the international stroll need to follow these simple instructions:

1) Find and contact the  nearest MCFC Supporters Club at http://www.mcfcsc.com/

2) Request and purchase a blue Santa suit through them.

3) Take a photo/video and email it to competitions@mcfc.co.uk

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