Katie-Jay Scott Stauring, Director of Community Programming for the Redondo Beach-based i-ACT, a non-profit grassroots activist organization, announced today: “i-ACT raised $25,000 at our fundraiser held on Saturday evening, May 12, 2012 to benefit 15 team members and five alternates players to support our Darfur United All-Refugee Soccer Team on their journey to compete for the coveted Nelson Mandela Trophy in the Viva World Cup Soccer Tournament in Iraqi Kurdistan this June.”
The event was hosted by Richard and Lana Rizika in their Manhattan Beach home, where they entertained over 160 guests in attendance. Katie-Jay Scott Stauring added: “Prior to this fundraiser we have raised an additional $23,630 for the project, and we still need to raise an additional $51,400 to get the team to the Viva World Cup.”
Members of general public can still sponsor a player online by visiting the official website for the soccer team at www.darfurunited.com. Checks can also be made payable to i-ACT, with Darfur United in the memo line and sent to 1732 Aviation Boulevard, #138, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Follow the team’s journey on www.facebook.com/darfurunited and www.twitter.com/darfurunited.
Darfur United is an all-refugee soccer team made up of Darfuri refugees living in Eastern Chad. Sixty-one players from the 12 refugee camps that dot the Chad-Sudan border participated in try-outs for 15 spots on the team roster, and five additional alternates. The team selected will represent Darfur, the embattled region of Sudan, in the 2012 Viva World Cup in June, a soccer tournament for nation-less people and other groups not represented by FIFA, the international soccer federation.
Members of the 2012 Darfur United All-Refugee Soccer Team include:
Musa Aarun Sulieman (Central Midfielder); Youssef Mohammed Abdala (Center Back); Mubarak Haggar Duogom (Striker); Abdulbassit Omer Soulyman (Central Midfielder/Right Back); Sadam Hissen Dine (Left Midfielder); Nouradin Abdalah Mussa (Striker); Mohamed Omer Inagy (Central Midfielder); Abobaker Zakaria Ali (Midfielder); Mohamed Adam Abdalah (Midfielder); Mohamed Mahmoud Anour (Left Back); Abdulhamid Mohamed Gum (Goalkeeper); Mubarek Khamis Ahmed (Central
Defender/Holding Midfielder); Mubarag Abdelah Ahmed (Right Midfielder/Right Forward); Abdelah Sulieman Mohamed (Left Back/Left Midfielder); and Issa Ahmed Abdelah (Defender/Holding Midfielder).
-ACT, based in Redondo Beach, CA, is the leading organization working on the ground in refugee camps in Eastern Chad, with established relationships and partners since 2005. An Expedition Team visits the camps twice a year, and maintains Internet connectivity and communication year-round. This year’s Expedition Team included: Gabriel Stauring, i-ACT Founder/Director (of Hermosa Beach, CA); Mark Hodson, Darfur United Coach, of EVO Soccer Programs and Director of Coaching at Manhattan Beach Sand and Surf Soccer Club in California; James Thacher, a Graphics and Arts Media Specialist who hails from Brooklyn, NY and is serving as a videographer documenting this entire journey and process; and Brian Cleveland, a former Western Connecticut State University player and teacher at Seymour Middle School in Seymour, CT.
Aid Still Required (ASR), based in Santa Monica, CA, is helping i-ACT to raise funds to send the Darfur United Soccer Team to the Viva World Cup. ASR is the leading advocate for those who have been forgotten after natural disasters and human crisis.