Dulwich Hamlet fans raise thousands for Syrian refugees

News Desk (17 March, 2016) Culture

The club took part in a fundraising match against FC Assyria

8336Dulwich fans waving an Assyrian flag (photo: Football Beyond Borders)

Hundreds of Dulwich Hamlet fans turned out in force last week for a special fundraising match against an Assyrian football team.

Dulwich took on FC Assyria on March 9, in their latest charity and awareness match after taking on Stonewall FC, Britain’s first gay football team, last year.

A total of 338 fans turned out, raising thousands of pounds for the Southwark Refugee Project and the British Red Cross Syria Appeal.

Donations of food made by Dulwich fans at the match

Donations of food made by Dulwich fans at the match to the Dulwich2Dunkirk campaign

Councillor Jasmine Ali, who helped organise the match, said: “I was bowled over by the photo of Alan Kurdi, lying dead on the beach. I have a two-year-old son, so it knocked me for six.”

She praised the Dulwich fans who had turned out in such numbers on a cold Wednesday evening.

She said: “They are seen to be making football anti-racist and anti-homophobic. I’m not really a football fan but I’ll be bringing my children to a game soon!”

For more information about the Dulwich2Dunkirk campaign click here

Jamine Ali (left) at the match with a 'Refugees Welcome' scarf

Jamine Ali (left) at the match with a ‘Refugees Welcome’ scarf

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