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Rio Ferdinand Surprises Charity With Random Act Of Kindness Aboard Train

By Chris Wright

When it comes to footballers on Twitter, there’s usually not an awful lot to see; the odd resolutely neutral post-match comment, a stray lament about how foggy it is at training, selected bant – though, in a break from the norm, Rio Ferdinand used his Twitter account to do a small UK charity the power of good while on a train from Manchester to London on Wednesday.

Stunned after finding herself in the same carriage as Rio on her commute to work, charity worker Michelle Clarke texted all her friends – as you would – to let them know that she was within close proximity of the Manchester United defender.

One of the people Michelle texted was her colleague at Dance Aid (a charity which helps orphaned, exploited and vulnerable kids both in the UK and around the world), Laura Wilson, who in turn seized her opportunity to ask Ferdinand if he fancied helping her organisation out.

Laura tweeted the following message to Ferdinand’s Twitter handle, @rioferdy5: “Hey Rio any chance u might b on a train southward from Manc?! 1 of our ambassadors has spotted u! In fact she’s sitting opposite!”

Rio then stopped what he was doing (we’re guessing ‘listening to slow jamz on his beatz’) and, without a word, moved to sit opposite the oblivious Michelle in the carriage booth, chatting about Dance Aid and what he could do to help raise a bit of awareness.

We’ll let Laura herself take up the yarn. Here she is telling her story to Eurosport:

“Michelle had texted a few mates to tell them she was sitting opposite Rio Ferdinand. Some were texting back to ask for a photo, the Liverpool fans were saying, ‘Trip him over’, that sort of thing. But I said, ‘You are not getting off that train until you have spoken to him about Dance Aid!’

“She said she would never have the balls to do that, so I tweeted him to tell him an ambassador of the charity was sat opposite him. I texted her to tell her and she was going completely crazy.

“Then he initiated the conversation and she was completely flabbergasted. I think both of us thought that it was just a tweet and he wouldn’t do anything, and we were utterly amazed when he did.

“He has asked me if I could email him information about the charity and about how he can get involved, and he has been very enthusiastic about it from the get-go, presumably thanks to whatever Michelle told him.”

That Rio, eh? What a top banana!

That was a sponsored post on behalf of Feelgood Inc, a subsidiary of the Happiness & Wellbeing Group.

(Via Eurosport)

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By Chris on January 11th, 2013 in Man Utd, Media. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

11 Responses to “Rio Ferdinand Surprises Charity With Random Act Of Kindness Aboard Train”

  1. Davy says:

    Credit where’s it due my friend, credit where it is due!!!

  2. squiggle says:

    That’s pretty damn good.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bet she was fit.

  4. JayJay says:

    Love stories like this. Does warm the cockles of the heart in this weather n’ all. Top stuff Pies and good on ya Rio!

  5. Ian says:

    Presumabely Rio was in first class. This begs the question: why is the ambassador of a charity organisation embezzling charity money, spending it on swanky train tickets?

  6. Dont worry says:

    Yeah footballers are so boring on twitter. “What movie should i watch?” is about as good as it gets

  7. Jarren says:


    Good question, but let’s give the girl the benefit of the doubt and say she bought her own ticket.

    I agree that it’s highly doubtful that a high profile bloke like Rio would travel in standard class, but what’s to say that the girl isn’t a bit flush herself?

    Just because she does charity work doesn’t mean she scrimps for a living.

  8. Jarren says:

    @Chris, regarding that last sentence of the article:

    Very droll, sir. Touché.

  9. T.T.T. says:

    I now have that Gorrilaz song in my head for the rest of the day now. Cheers Pies!

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