YEREVAN (ArmeniaNow) — Armenian national soccer team and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also joined the charity auction aimed at providing the homeless in Gyumri with apartments.
More than 27 years after a devastating earthquake some 3,000 families in Armenia’s second largest city still live in temporary lodgings.
In January, a local photographer and activist launched a campaign to collect money to buy homes for at least some of the families.
The organizers of the campaign have confirmed that Mkhitaryan has put a Borussia sports shirt with his signature for the auction on March 19.
Mediamax Sport quoted Mkhitaryan’s mother Marina Tashchyan as saying while giving the T-shirt that she hoped the auction will be successful, and the organizers will manage to collect the necessary sum.
The sportsmen who joined the charity auction earlier are former head coach of Armenian football team and FC Pyunik Chief Executive Vardan Minasyan, Olympic champion and Armenian Greco-Roman wrestling team’s head coach Levon Julfalakyan and Olympic silver medalist and world champion Arsen Julfalakyan.
The auction will sell Armenian football team striker Yura Movsisyan’s sports shirt, balls signed by Youri Djorkaeff, FC Ararat-73 players, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Khoren Hovhannisyan and Sergey Bondarenko, photos of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso signed by themselves, as well as the flag of FC Barcelona signed by around 10 football players: Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, and head coach Pep Guardiola.