CHARITY FOOTBALL EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR GAZA MEDICAL SUPPLIES

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza has been going on for more than four weeks, and all over the world demonstrations have been held in support of the Palestinian people. SARI, Islamic Relief Ireland and Wahdaniah Women's Group joined forces to organise the ‘Eid World Cup' tournament to provide medical aid for those suffering in Gaza. Despite having to deal with biblical rain showers, the tournament was a huge success.

The ‘Eid World Cup' took place at Fairview Park, Dublin, on August 9th and 10th. On Saturday it was up to the women to crown their champion in a 5-a-side tournament. At the end of some close matches, the eventual winner was SARI's ‘Hijabs and Hat Tricks' project team Diverse City and Kenni was named player of the tournament. Everyone was in good spirits and very happy to support Gaza by playing their favourite sport.
Following a night of rain the pitch on Sunday was very slippery. Nevertheless, six teams registered for the 7-a-side matches. The rain continued to pour down, but the players would not be distracted. After some intense games, the team from the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland emerged as the winner and received the trophy. Ola of Glentoran-Insaka was handed the award for player of the tournament.


Abdul Abdallah, a Young Leader at SARI and the main organiser of the event, said: ‘I believe it was an astonishing day and I thank everyone who contributed to the event, especially the volunteers, who were exceptional with the work they did, and to all participants who took their time off to come and show their support and love to the people in Gaza.'


Ken McCue, the International Officer of SARI, spoke about the importance of the tournament: 'This event is the first in a series called 'Goals for Gaza', where SARI and partners will be working on a rehabilitation programme using sport as a medium to aid the mental and physical recovery of Palestinian children. SARI appreciates the support of Trevor Hogan (former Irish Rugby International), Dublin City Councillor, Ciaran Cuffe, Conor Harrington, Dublin City Council, Parks Dept., Abdul Siddiqi of Nova Aroma Foods (who presented the trophies) and Professor Anthony Redmond of the International Trauma Register who sent us a message of support from Gaza.'

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