Harlow 5 Aid launches at the Water Gardens

THE COMMUNITY WAS out in force last weekend as Harlow 5 Aid was being promoted at The Water Gardens.

YourHarlow spoke to Harlow Town’s Jill Dumoulin about the event.

Football teams from Harlow primary and secondary schools will take to the pitch at Harlow Town Football Club with Harlow Police FC, a team formed of local teachers and a celebrity 11 on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Negotiations are underway to secure some well-known celebrities to help raise money for The Abbotsweld Memorial Fund, No Child Without, Harlow Foodbank, The Cardiomyopathy Association Mitchell Cole Trust and Variety Club of Great Britain. As the event is supporting five charities, officers have named it Harlow 5 Aid.

All money raised through ticket sales will go towards the charities selected by organisers and those taking part in the event at the club in Barrows Road, Harlow.

The Shakoor Memorial Fund for Abbotsweld School supports a group of people who dedicate their spare time to building a memorial garden and play area at Abbotsweld School in memory of the Dr Sabah Usmani and her five children who died in a house fire in Barn Mead on October 15, 2012.

No Child Without works towards to support young people in Harlow who are in need of financial help, clothing and school equipment . Harlow Foodbank provides emergency food for people in crisis in Harlow and the surrounding area and works in partnership with front-line care professionals, churches, schools, supermarkets, businesses and individuals. It is a community project where people donate non perishable food and it is distributed to local people in need, through a structured referral process.

The Cardiomyopathy Association Mitchell Cole Trust is the chosen charity of the celebrity team. It is being supported in memory of Mitchell Cole, a professional footballer and supporter of previous charity football matches in Harlow who died from a heart condition. The charity supports families affected by cardiomyopathy, a disease of muscles in the heart.

The Variety Club of Great Britain aims to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled and disadvantaged.

Tickets for the event will go on sale next month and details on how to buy them will be released nearer the time.

Sgt Tony Smith, who is based at Harlow Police Station, is one of the organisers. He said: “This event is all about the Harlow community coming together to support others who need our help.

“There are a number of people working very hard to make sure the event is a day to remember, not just for those who choose to come along but for those we hope it will raise money for.

Any people or local businesses that would like to offer their support should contact Sgt Tony Smith at Harlow Police Station on 101.

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