Wednesday 23 January 2019

'Sari' in call to do 1 thing

THE SECOND annual Fair Play Football Cup, will be held next Saturday, 18th June, in the Law Society gardens, Blackhall Place with proceedings getting under way at 10.30am and continuing until 2.30pm.

It is part of World Refugee Day and everybody is being encouraged by both the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) to come out and support this event under the banner “DO 1 THING”.

SARI supports and promotes social inclusion and positive integration through sport, it is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status that was set up in July 1997. Their aim is to:• Present sporting and cultural events that bring together people from different cultures and backgrounds.

• Create opportunities for young people to participate in social integration projects at home and abroad. • Promote intercultural dialogue and celebrate cultural diversity through projects in schools. • Encourage government agencies and national sports bodies to adopt anti-racism measures and inclusion of policies and practices.

Players - men and women from a host of African countries and Ireland - will compete in the seven-a-side competition, which will see eight men’s and four women’s teams go all out to claim the honours on the day. Included in the men’s section are last year’s winners Hot Press, beaten finalists SARI/ INSAKA, Newstalk, who will have Eoin McDevitt playing and doing MC on the day, and the Department of Justice. There are four women’s teams entered in their section so far. Also on the day there will be face painting, music, FAI football skills training and much more, and there is no entrance fee as this is a free event for all the family.

Perry Ogden chairperson of SARI said, “The 1950 football World Cup was not the first or last time that sport would play a role in achieving a positive spirit of human triumph over adversity and indeed over the next 60 years, the sporting world, in particular football, has played a significant role in the promotion of human rights and integration.” While Sophie Magennis, Head of Office, UNHCR Ireland said; “Refugees and displaced people around the world are in a league of their own when it comes to the challenges they face.

“Despite refugees’ often dire circumstances in very challenging environments, UNHCR has seen how sport can play a key role in helping to build tolerance, understanding and respect among different communities, setting aside cultural differences and giving young people a sense of self worth.” For more information please contact: Louise Browne, Media Officer, on 0871537333 or email: loiseb22@yahoo.co.uk or Yolanda Kennedy, External Relations Officer, UNHCR: 087/9893461; kennedy@unhcr.org

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