Monday, March 26, 2012

Rotary organize football match in Lyari to kick polio out of Pakistan

RCKA Bulletin Desk

Rotary International’s Pakistan Polio Plus Committee, with the collaboration of Rotary Club of Karachi East, organized an exhibition football match in Karachi on March 25 in an attempt to kick polio out of the country.

The contestants of the exhibition match, Young Kalakot Club and Young Baloch Combined, were engaged in a fierce and lively battle at the Gabol Park Football Ground, helping create community level awareness on polio.

The kick-off was performed by the National Chair, Pakistan Polio Plus Committee, PDG Rtn Aziz Memon, while the President of the Rotary Club of Karachi East, Rtn Iqbal A. Alavi, was the chief organizer of the match which was watched by a good number of area residents, notables, football fans and children.

The young children wore caps and polio badges, carried the polio awareness banners around the stadium, while regular announcements were made periodically for families to vaccinate their children during polio campaigns.

The ground wore a festive look with colourful banners as the area residents danced to the drum beat of a local ethnic dance and the crowd cheered loudly whenever the footballers came up with inspired moves.

The match was supervised by Usman Baluch, President of Young Kalakot Club, while Akbar Ali was the Match Commissioner with Farid Ahmed, Akhtar Ali and Muslim were the referees. The prizes and souvenirs were distributed at the end of the game by PDG Rtn Aziz Memon, National Chair, Polio Plus Committee.

Just for the record the match was won by Young Baloch Combined by an odd goal in three. Mohammad Yaqoob and Mohammad Aamir scored for the winners while Sher Mohammad netted the solitary goal for Young Kalakot Club.

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