Football fans do 1 thing with Minister of State, Joe Costello, T.D. to mark World Refugee Day

26 June 2012

Dublin, 17th June 2012. Soccer teams from Dublin, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and a host of other countries gathered on Sunday 17th June to mark World Refugee Day at the UNHCR/SARI annual Fair Play Cup. The Cup kicked off the do 1 thing campaign which runs until July 1st and asks people in Ireland to take one simple action to show support for refugees and asylum seekers.

From reading a refugee book from one of 130 participating libraries or Hughes and Hughes booksellers, to learning a few simple facts about refugees, there are many ways people can do 1 thing. A full list of ideas and events can be found here.

Local TD for Dublin Central and Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, was at the Fair Play Cup to present the prizes and congratulate the two winning teams, Crosscare, winners of the men’s tournament and SARI Women, winners of the ladies’ tournament. He said, "I wish to record my appreciation of the ongoing work of SARI in promoting sport as a means of combatting racism. Together with UNHCR they are making a valuable contribution to supporting refugees and asylum seekers and to bringing the new communities in Ireland together".

Crosscare won the men’s competition after a hard fought final which ended in penalties, clinching the win against second time finalists, AFC Justice while in the ladies’ tournament, SARI Women stole the day, beating the Dublin Angels in the final, 6-1, claiming their first Fair Play Cup win.

Imata Mlanda from the Congolese community in Co. Monaghan who just missed reaching the finals after a tense penalty shoot out in the semis said "Through this event we had faith that we were supported by the Irish
community. We give thanks to the UNHCR for their help to refugees around the world.”

Captain Paul Flynn of winning men's team Crosscare said, "Our team is all about integration as you've seen here today with Asians, Africans, Irish, all playing together."

"The World Refugee Day tournament is an important event. The Department of Justice is proud to have participated in this tournament again this year," said Justice AFC captain, Denis Griffin.

See photos from the event on our Facebook page.


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