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Fans of Chelsea FC taking part in a ‘No Plastic Rally’ in Aizawl
Fans of Chelsea FC taking part in a ‘No Plastic Rally’ in Aizawl|EastMojo image
MIZORAM

Beyond soccer: Why this Mizo Chelsea fans’ group is winning hearts

Local supporters of the English football club in Aizawl have been putting Mizoram on global map -- this time through a ‘No Plastic Rally’; efforts ‘recognised’ by Chelsea FC

Ezrela Dalidia Fanai

Ezrela Dalidia Fanai

Aizawl: Members of Mizo Chelsea Supporters’ Club (MCSC), a group of die-hard fans of Chelsea FC hailing from the remote Northeast Indian state of Mizoram, are known to carry out social activities from time to time.

Continuing with their tradition, supporters of the popular premier English football Club came out in large numbers to clean the streets and rid the city of plastics as part of a 'No Plastic Rally' at three localities of state capital Aizawl recently.

MCSC fans during the ‘No Plastic Rally’ in Aizawl
MCSC fans during the ‘No Plastic Rally’ in Aizawl
Ricky

Speaking with EastMojo, Ricky Lalbiakmawia, vice chairman and one of the founders of the fan club, said, “MCSC was established in 2011 at Stamford Bridge, London. The fan club was established not just to discuss about football, but also to organise various charity events in the name of Chelsea FC. This ‘No Plastic Rally’ was also arranged to contribute towards Mizo society.”

The official banner of the MCSC which will be on display at Stamford Bridge on September 22
The official banner of the MCSC which will be on display at Stamford Bridge on September 22
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The Mizo Chelsea Supporters’ Club is one of the biggest global fan clubs.

Going forward, in the upcoming match between Chelsea and Liverpool on September 22, the banner of the Mizo Chelsea Supporters’ Club will be displayed by Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge, Lalbiakmawia added.

MCSC members during the anti-plastic campaign in Aizawl
MCSC members during the anti-plastic campaign in Aizawl
Ricky

The MCSC had also taken up a “Trash Challenge” where they cleaned up the market of Chanmari locality recently.

The fan club also organises a blood donation camp whenever Chelsea FC wins a championship trophy. Every December, the MCSC organises a charity ride and donates over lakhs of rupees in cash besides rice, vegetables and clothes to orphanages in Mizoram. Last December, on the eve of MCSC’s charity ride, Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley even sent a video message.

When Mizoram witnessed a massive landslide at Durtlang BSUP Complex in July -- where three people lost their lives and many residents relocated -- the MCSC organised a fund raiser to collect money for the victims. In the tragic event, the Chelsea FC lent out support to their loyal fans, posting prayers and condolences on the Chelsea FC Facebook page.