What: Cricket Fundraiser for Afghan Refugees
When: 9th September
Where: Beckenham Cricket Club, 19 Foxgrove Rd, Beckenham BR3 5AS
Join us on Thu 9th September, 1400 to 1800, at the historic Beckenham Cricket Club for a Cricket Match like no other. In partnership with Lord Patel and other faith leaders in the city of London, the Archbishop of Canterbury Cricket XI is to team up with the Heaven Help Us Cricket Club and play a fixture with the Refugee Council’s Refugee Cricket Team.
Nearly 130,000 Afghans have fled their homes amid recent geopolitical turmoil. It is so often impossible to know where to begin when faced with such a huge crisis – but at Heaven Help Us Cricket Club, we want to back our words with concrete action… and we want you to come with us on this journey, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees from Afghanistan, and to support the work of the Refugee Council.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Afghan Refugee crisis started in the past few weeks – but for Afghanistan’s long-besieged population, the recent spotlight is just another milestone, in long history of displacement. Over decades, Afghans have faced continued instability. There are currently over 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees all over the world – and 3.5 million internally displaced – with the number now set to grow.
This historic Cricket Match will raise funds towards the Refugee Council’s Crisis Appeal, which will transform lives through providing: Mental Health Support, Children’s Services & Education, Employment Assistance, Language Classes, Housing Support, and practical assistance such as phone data or food – to enable refuges to participate and thrive as productive members of society and live a healthy life in their new homes – as they adapt to a life far from many of their family members and away from a country they’ve called home their whole lives.
This event will develop our relationship with the Refugee Council Cricket Club and build interfaith solidarity for those less fortunate than us, through sport – offering an inter-faith prayer before the game, led by faith leaders from across the city of London.
The situation in Afghanistan is a cause close to many people’s hearts across the UK and across the world. So, our hope is to build on our existing relationship with the Refugee Council Cricket Club and to encourage people to pray for, and support its most important work in a practical way. Join us and become an advocate for some of the most vulnerable people in the world right now.