In the light of the 11-day Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, a group of friends from the Tooting locality rallied together to raise funds for humanitarian efforts in the occupied Palestinian territory. This included several all-day restaurant fundraisers as well as a 32-team knockout football tournament to help raise funds for Human Aid’s ‘Gaza Emergency Appeal’. The project supports the largest Hospital in Gaza – Al-Shifa, with medical supplies as well as supporting displaced families with food, sanitary items and bedding.
The events were part of a fundraiser’s campaign ‘Play for Palestine’ to raise funds from a charity football tournament. Customers were invited to do their part and enjoy their meals knowing 50% to 100% of proceeds would go to charity. With help from everyone involved in both initiatives, the total amount raised was over £60,000.
Tariq Shaekh, CEO at Human Aid, says: “The sheer scale of these series of events has been unprecedented. We have seen a whole community of organisers and supporters come together for weeks on end. Event after event, supporter after supporter, everyone has played a key role in making this campaign a game-changer. I’d like to give a big personal thank you to the Play for Palestine team who gave so much to orchestrating the whole operation, to 15+ restaurants who partnered with us to give their proceeds to charity, the 32 football teams who took part in the tournament and fundraised, and of course to all the supporters and donors that made this a success. Insha Allah we will be back next time, bigger and better Insha Allah.
In my 10 years in the sector, I’ve never seen a coming together of businesses for any cause and having spoken to the restaurant owners, they loved the initiative and look forward to doing something even bigger and better with us and the volunteer team in the future Insha Allah. So, watch this space.”
Human Aid is an international charity providing urgent humanitarian relief to victims of conflict – as well as addressing the root causes of conflict. We instil hope by standing up for their right to a life with dignity and freedom from oppression.