Bayern Munich will donate over € 1 million to support victims of flash floods and thunderstorms this month in Germany, including a charity match against Schalke.
Parts of Germany and Belgium have been heavily hit by floods in the past two weeks. Over 100 people are still missing, with Germany’s official death toll of 177, while thousands more have been left homeless.
Two of the most affected areas were North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, while thunderstorms also caused disruption in Bavaria.
In response, Bayern promised a minimum aid package of € 1.1 million, with € 1 million split between the western regions and € 100,000 to help repair damage in the south.
The Bundesliga champions also organized a friendly against Schalke, which are based in the city of Gelsenkirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Schalke were relegated to the second division last season, although the date of the charity match at Veltins Arena has not yet been confirmed, Bayern immediately pledged financial support.
“The images of the flood shocked us,” said Bayern president Herbert Hainer.
“In such a dire situation, we have to stick together as a company. Football also thrives on solidarity and social responsibility. We can only imagine what people have been through and continue to do in the affected regions.
“We also want to support them with our charity game and donation… it’s on the side of the flood victims.
“I would like to thank FC Schalke 04 very much, Schalke immediately agreed to take part in our initiative. On the occasion of the charity game, together we will also commemorate the people who tragically lost their lives in the storm ”.