Foot­ball club sets up do­na­tion fund

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The play­ers of Al Ahli Foot­ball club will have even more rea­son to score this sea­son – as ev­ery goal will help dis­abled chil­dren.

Gar­gash En­ter­prises has joined forces with the club to in­tro­duce an ini­tia­tive called Score for Char­ity, which seeks to con­trib­ute Dhs1,000 for ev­ery goal scored by the foot­ball team dur­ing the 2016-17 Ara­bian Gulf League sea­son. The money gen­er­ated will be do­nated to the Rashid Pae­di­atric Ther­apy Cen­tre in Dubai.

Ma­jed Has­san, a mid­fielder who plays for the club, said: “This is a re­ally good ini­tia­tive. All the play­ers are happy to be a part of this. As you know, this is a sawab (good deed), and we will ab­so­lutely try to per­form in the games.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Gar­gash En­ter­prises said the play­ers said they “now feel mo­ti­vated in their hearts and minds to win the league be­cause with ev­ery score they will be sup­port­ing some­one”.

And Al Ahli are off to a promis­ing start, By Shab­nam Bashiri hav­ing raised Dhs5,000 by scor­ing five goals from two matches al­ready. The fund­ing will go to the cen­tre, which pro­vides de­vel­op­ment cour­ses for chil­dren with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties rang­ing from mod­er­ate to se­vere, as well as those with phys­i­cal im­pair­ment. Maryam Oth­man, the cen­tre’s CEO, said they can train spe­cial needs stu­dents aged 18 to 23 even af­ter they leave the cen­tre in skills such as car­pen­try, gar­den­ing, cook­ing. Last year, Al Ahli won the Ara­bian Gulf League, which fea­tures 14 teams form the UAE. They scored a to­tal of 60 goals in 26 matches, which would have net­ted Dhs60,000 un­der the new­ly­launched ini­tia­tive. And Oth­man said the scheme will raise more than just money. She said: “With this ini­tia­tive, we look for­ward to rais­ing aware­ness of par­tic­u­lar is­sues and pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive change.”

EARNER: Al Ahli star Waleed Hus­sain

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