Adelaide United goalkeeper and Childhood Cancer Association ambassador, Paul Izzo, says he is just glad to contribute after raising $320 for the organisation following the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 restart.
Prior to the competition’s resumption in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Izzo announced he would be pledging $20 for every save he makes until the end of the season.
Izzo recorded an impressive 16 saves in five matches, with eight of those stops arriving on the way to a 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar in the first game back from the four-month hiatus.
“Obviously I just tried to help out,” Izzo said after the fantastic act of generosity.
“As they say all the time, no amount kind of matters, whether it’s big or small, so I’m just glad I could contribute in any way and I’m just happy to help out.”
The 25-year-old was content with the final number, and suggested it was a fairly accurate manifestation of the team’s resurgence under Carl Veart.
“Considering our form before going into the hub, I was a bit nervous what way it could go,” he said as the Reds went undefeated during those five remaining fixtures.
“It could go extremely well or extremely poor. But I think the results showed as well that we all played a part in each game and I think it’s a fair number to reflect the results we got as well.”
Izzo believed the decision to do this was not solely about raising money but also helping to increase awareness of the tremendous work Childhood Cancer Association does.
“I think it’s also important while we’re all doing it tough, there’s organisations out there that are heavily reliant on donations,” he explained.
“And they’re doing it for a really good cause as well, so to help others as well is only a good thing and it’s money for people that truly need it.”
Director of Football, Bruce Djite, and Advisory Chair, Ian Smith, also declared they would match the final tally.
Izzo said he was touched by the show of support and thanked the pair for getting behind the initiative.
“It means a lot, it’s been a tough couple of months,” he admitted.
“And to see people at the Club support the players and get behind us, whether it’s our off-field actions and stuff, it means a lot, because we have to be together during these times.”
To help raise more funds, a signed Adelaide United match-worn goalkeeper jersey by Izzo will be drawn via a raffle, organised by Childhood Cancer Association.
The shot-stopper encouraged people to donate with all proceeds supporting children with cancer and their families.
“It’s kind of another way to top up the kitty a bit more for Childhood Cancer,” he continued.
“I think it’s a big reward as well I guess for anyone that wants a shirt signed and it’s match worn.
“I think it will be a small price to pay just to be in the running to get a good piece of memorabilia for any fan.”
To donate and enter the Adelaide United jersey raffle click here.