Covid-19: Dons Local Action Group to mark one year together

Dons Local Action Group will celebrate one-year since it’s launch with a virtual event at Plough Lane.

Set up by AFC Wimbledon fans at the beginning of the pandemic, the volunteer group grew rapidly and were joined by hundreds of fans and non-fans alike.

The coronavirus response group have provided food, technology and other support to those in need across Merton, Wandsworth and Kingston and now focuses on the battle against poverty.

In the past 12 months, volunteers have distributed over 150,000 food parcels and over 1,700 devices to those in need.

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Now, the volunteer team will look back on their ‘one year together’ live from the AFC Wimbledon Stadium at Plough Lane.

The event will be co-presented by Julia Lalla-Maharajh OBE and FA Cup Winner John Scales.

The evening will consist of messages to sponsors, words from the Co-Founders, and an online auction.

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Dons Local Action Group will also welcome Edward, 4, and George, 5, to cross the finish line of their fundraising efforts at AFC Wimbledon stadium.

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Wandsworth resident Julia Lalla-Maharajh, who is founder of the Orchid Project said: “Dons Local Action Group is a cause particularly close to my heart. I’ve lived all my life in Tooting and I’ve volunteered all around the world.

“The pandemic opened up the possibility of focusing on my community and doing what I can to support my fellow south Londoners.

“We all walk these same streets, just some with more privilege and opportunity than others.

“DLAG for me is a way to be of service and connection and to show kindness. This celebration in the midst of truly awful times is a way to remind ourselves about the power of caring and kindness”

Craig Wellstead, Co-founder of Dons Local Action Group said: “The past 12 months have been a real rollercoaster of emotions, but our community coming together has been the thing that sticks out the most.

“This event is a massive thank you to every single person who has volunteered, donated or just engaged with us and the work we are doing – we want to celebrate you all and let you know about the work we continue to do”

You can join the event this Saturday ( March 20) at 7.30pm by watching the link here.

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