Football club sets up donation fund
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