The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has partnered with Islamic Relief to aid the flood relief efforts in Pakistan and the surrounding countries. The Club has launched a series of fundraising efforts, with a Just Giving page launched immediately and a fundraising dinner set for October.
Communities have been left devastated as severe flooding has struck large areas of Pakistan, Sudan and most recently Afghanistan, tragically taking over 1,200 lives and leaving millions of people vulnerable.
Homes and buildings have been destroyed, and many have lost their livestock and livelihoods as cropland has been submerged. Millions are homeless, hungry, and in desperate need of help.
Working in partnership with Islamic Relief, the dinner that will be hosted at Headingley on Monday 10 October, will bring a range of local businesses and individuals together in an effort to raise money for the relief efforts. There will be an auction on the night with a range of highly sought-after items up for grabs.
Yaseen Mohammed, Non-Executive Director of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “It’s devastating to see the impact the floods are having on Pakistan and the surrounding countries and, like many organisations in our community, we felt like we needed to do something to show our support.
“To partner with an organisation like Islamic Relief and support them in the incredible work that they are doing on the ground in the affected countries is so important, and we hope that our fundraising efforts can make a significant difference.
“We hope that many of our friends from within our communities will get together with us to show their support for this cause.
“Going forward we plan to work closely with Islamic Relief to support their efforts in the longer term.”
Islamic Relief’s UK Director Tufail Hussain, said: “We are extremely grateful to Yorkshire County Cricket Club and their efforts to help fundraise for people affected by devastating floods in Pakistan. This will make a huge difference to those who have been hit hard by this disaster.
“This crisis in Pakistan is unprecedented and the worst floods that the county has ever experienced. Money raised from this event will go towards helping Islamic Relief provide food, shelter, bedding, and hygiene items and we thank the club for their support which will help bring relief to so many people.”
Earlier in the year Yorkshire CCC partnered with Pakistan Super League team Lahore Qalandars, who have been supporting the relief efforts.
Lahore Qalandars Chief Operating Officer Sameen Rana said: “The effects the floods have had on Pakistan and our neighbouring countries has been devastating and the Lahore Qalandars are working hard to support communities as much as is possible.
“We are delighted that our partners Yorkshire CCC are joining the relief efforts. Their support will help a lot of people in Pakistan and our surrounding areas.
“The work that Islamic Relief is doing on the ground is making a big difference and we are pleased that Yorkshire have opted to partner with them and support this work. The Lahore Qalandars will be developing plans alongside Yorkshire and Islamic Relief to continue the fundraising efforts over the next 12 months.”
How to support the relief efforts:
Secure a table of ten for the event in the Howard Suite at Headingley on Monday 10 October. The event starts from 6:30pm and includes a three-course meal and guest speakers. Tables cost £1000 + VAT each and can be booked by filling in the form available via the below link. All proceeds will go to charity.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event with a range of opportunities possible. To find out more, please contact [email protected]
Donate to the relief efforts via the below Just Giving page. Any amount, no matter how big or small, will be massively appreciated and can help to make a difference.