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Tonight: Celebrate the one-year anniversary of DLAG

John Scales will co-host event live from Plough Lane

20 March 2021

The Dons Local Action Group is tonight celebrating its one year in partnership with the local community.

Dons fans, volunteers, and everyone who has contributed to the fantastic achievements of DLAG will celebrate the organisation’s anniversary with an online celebration from 7.30 pm.

More details about tonight’s event:

To celebrate one year of community spirit Dons Local Action Group will be live from the AFC Wimbledon Stadium at Plough Lane. The evening will consist of messages to sponsors, words from the Co- Founders, an online auction and a look back at some of the great achievements from the past 12 months. We will also welcome Edward & George (aged 4 & 5) to cross the finish line of their marathon efforts at the stadium. The boys have spent the past month running, skipping and cycling 52 miles to raise money for Dons Local Action Group - so far raising £3000.

The evening will be co-presented by Julia Lalla-Maharajh OBE and John Scales. Julia is the Founder of the Orchid Project charity and lifelong Wandsworth resident. John is an FA Cup Winner with Wimbledon in 1988 and he also had spells with Liverpool and Tottenham. They will update you on the vision of the organisation and reflect on our achievements.


Julia Lalla-Maharajh said: “Dons Local Action Group is a cause particularly close to my heart. I’ve lived all my life in Tooting and I’ve volunteered all around the world. The pandemic opened up the possibility of focusing on my community and doing what I can to support my fellow south Londoners. We all walk these same streets, just some with more privilege and opportunity than others. DLAG for me is a way to be of service and connection and to show kindness. This celebration in the midst of truly awful times is a way to remind ourselves about the power of caring and kindness.”

Craig Wellstead, Co-founder of Dons Local Action Group, added: “The past 12 months have been a real rollercoaster of emotions, but our community coming together has been the thing that sticks out the most. This event is a massive thank you to every single person who has volunteered, donated or just engaged with us and the work we are doing - we want to celebrate you all and let you know about the work we continue to do.”

How to join in:

The event can be viewed from 7.30pm on You Tube . Dons Local Action Group have distributed over 150,000 food parcels and over 1,700 devices in the past 12 months to local people experiencing poverty. Dons Local Action Group was set up as a COVID Response volunteer group providing food, tech and other support to those in need across the three boroughs of Merton, Wandsworth and Kingston and now focuses on the battle against poverty.

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