Local MPs to raise funds for White Ribbon before historical encounter
An official MPs XI and staff from a local primary school in Halifax will take part in a charity warm-up match which precedes an historical encounter between Bradford Park Avenue and the Pakistan national team at the Horsfall Stadium this Sunday (7 July).
The event is being held to raise funds for the White Ribbon Campaign, an international charity that speaks out against domestic violence against women, and the Parkinson Lane Primary School have been invited to take part as they have been closely involved with the organisation in the last year.
The team of politicians will be skippered by former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP with other names expected to take part including David Ward MP and Greg Mulholland MP along with local councillors. A total of £1,000 has already been raised for the charity by the politicians and school staff taking part.
The main match is being organised by Stradbrokes Solicitors, in partnership with Sporting Change, an organisation co-founded by Kick It Out ambassador Ikram Butt, a former international rugby player and Sporting Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign for the past four years.
Stradbrokes have also kindly sponsored the playing shirts to be worn by the MPs XI and the school staff team with both featuring a prominent White Ribbon logo. The White Ribbon ident will be incorporated into the design of the white shirt.
The warm up game and the shirt sponsorship was the brainchild of Ikram who explained: “We hope to encourage people from all sections of the communities to turn up in their numbers to witness what promises to be two fascinating contests. Chances are they’ll get the chance to cheer, or indeed jeer, their local Member of Parliament.”
Chris Green, Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, said: “We are delighted to benefit from this game being played so near our national base in West Yorkshire. Violence affects 1 in 4 women and 750,000 children each year are witnesses to such violence.
“It will only cease when men speak out against it and to have such a local involvement in our work is inspiring. We have already supported the development of White Ribbon Campaign’s work in Pakistan so reinforcing this link with our work is very welcome.”
To purchase tickets (priced at £8 for adults/£4 concessions/under 16s free entry), please contact Ikram Butt on 079583 29027 or Bradford Park Avenue directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.