This week, 52 Lives wants to help a group of asylum seekers and refugees who have formed a Futsal team in Brisbane, Australia.
The team is made up of 10 men -Aussies, Iraqis, Iranians and Afghans.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from an organisation called Community of Hope. Their sole aim is to provide practical support and friendship to asylum seekers and refugees in their local area.
After spending some time with local families, they discovered there was a shared love of football. And it sparked an idea – and so they founded the amazing Community of Hope Lions Futsal Team.
Their philosophy was “Having happy, healthy dads and brothers creates and inspires happy families.”
They wanted to give these men the chance to play a sport they loved, giving them a connection to each other, their culture, and to their new lives in Australia.
In just a few short weeks, the impact has been incredible and the games have become a welcome respite for these men. They have fun, exercise and forge much-needed friendships. And it is already making a difference to their family lives. One man’s wife said her husband has been so much happier since joining the team.
It is sometimes the smallest of things that can make such a big difference. And it is things like this – bringing people together and having some fun – that helps to build happy communities and change mindsets.
I would love to be able to do something for these men. Not just to give them the equipment they need, but to show them that there are people all over the world who care about the future of the Community of Hope Lions Futsal Team!
I asked Community of Hope to set up a fundraising page to make it easier for people to contribute. So if you would like to help, you can either donate these items directly, or make a donation on the fundraising page. Or, if you know a company that may be willing to donate these items or sponsor the team. please let me know.