Dons fan to auction off Aberdeen shirt to raise cash for ARCHIE Foundation

The shirt was worn by Eugene Dadi.

A football fan is auctioning off a signed Aberdeen shirt to raise money to help sick children.

This is the fourth year father-of-two Euan Duthie has been fundraising for a children’s charity. And Dons daft Euan is hoping to raise cash by auctioning off a signed shirt worn during a match by former striker Eugene Dadi.

Proceeds from the online auction will go to help the ARCHIE Foundation’s Beards for Bairns campaign.

The charity supports sick kids and their parents.

Public sector worker Euan, 47, said he was inspired to fundraise for the cause after his son Cameron had to spend time at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

He said: “I saw it first-hand how well he was treated and the staff were great. This is just to give something back.

“I’ve raised more than £10,000 in three years and this is the fourth year.”

Euan, who lives in Bridge of Don with his wife Angela, 41, and sons Cameron, 6, and Euan, 24, was given the shirt by his friend Jeff Riley through his company Love The Game.

He said: “He was aware of the cause and was more than happy to donate.

“It’s match-worn and it’s been signed.

“Eugene Dadi is aware and he’s promoted it himself and is very much on board.

“He’s a bit of a cult hero.

“I’ve got a bid of £250 at the moment. I might get a wee bit more, but I’m grateful for whatever I get. If I get more than that I’ll be doing well.”

To bid, people can contact Euan via Twitter at twitter.com/DuthieDuth

Last year Euan auctioned an autographed shirt worn by club hero Peter Weir for the testimonial match of Dons legend John McMaster.

It was signed by Willie Miller, John Hewitt and Alex McLeish, among others.

Euan said: “Last year was the best year because I got £1,200 but that was a pretty unique top. That was a collector’s item.”

The auction will run until next Wednesday, and Euan is hoping to have other items, including golf equipment available to bid for. People can also make donations to the fundraising campaign, which is being run through Everyday Hero, until January 25. So far the page has raised more than £600.

David Downie, interim CEO of ARCHIE, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from Euan over the past four Beards for Bairns campaigns. We hope others will be inspired by both his commitment and generosity in raising this significant amount for ARCHIE.”

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