By Rhonda Richards | In General
With clothing designed by Micah’s brother Marlon under the MR2 range, the shop also offers visitors the chance to purchase an If U Care Share wristband to display their support for the project.
A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to If U Care Share to help finance their work, whilst further money will also go to a number of Manchester-based charities.
If U Care Share was set up following the suicide of Daniel O’Hare in 2005 with the aim of encouraging young people to discuss their problems, and also advising on how best to tackle them.
Micah himself lost a close friend to suicide several years ago when Daniel Nelson took his own life, and the major concern around teenage suicide is fuelling If U Care Share’s expanding work.
In both cases, the tragedy was made all the worse by the fact that their respective families were left not knowing the reasons behind their decision and with limitless questions unanswered.
Overseen by Shirley and Dean Smith – Daniel O’Hare’s parents – If U Care Share has raised funds in order to run programmes in schools that engage young people and promote the discussion of issues they face.
They also introduced the If U Care Share wristbands as worn by Micah in Manchester City and England Under-21 matches throughout last season and this, helping to raise the profile of the charity, as well as organising a golf day.
Further items will be added to the official MR2 online shop over the coming months, whilst some of the products will be available to buy in retailers around the city.
On the launch, Micah said:
“It’s great to be able to support charities like If U Care Share through creative projects like this, and to involve my family is even better.
“Teenage suicide is an issue I have direct experience of and I would like to stay involved with If U Care Share and their work long-term as they’re doing an important job.
“If U Care Share will hopefully branch out into other parts of the UK and I’m hoping that this will help them do that.”