International Footballers Join Gift of the Givers Pakistan Relief Effort

Greetings of Peace

Dear Recipients

Day 21-23 Total shutdown in Pakistan for Eid (festival at end of the Fasting month).

Day 24-26 It’s time to take the campaign to a new level. Although the world may understand the scale of destruction it cannot comprehend the magnitude of the emotional, psychological and physical suffering in Pakistan. The necessity for food, water and shelter is unprecedented in the history of natural disasters. In a historic first for Gift of the Givers we have partnered European groups in our Disaster Response campaign; Kids are our No. 1 and Global United are German charity organisations utilising football stars to promote humanitarian programmes. On Wednesday, 15 September, nine of us representing our three charity organisations departed for Karachi to link up with the Gift of the Givers Pakistani youth team that has been rendering immeasurable service to thousands of flood affectees since 10 August 2010.

Included in our team are ex players from the Bundesliga and Premier League: Wynton Rufer; Werder Bremen, Oceania footballer of the century; Tony Sanneh; Hertha Berlin, 1 .FC Nuremberg, LA Galaxy, USA National team and world cup 2002; Michel Dinzey; VFB Stuttgart, FC St Pauli, Hertha Berlin, DRC National team, three times Africa Cup of nations; Lutz Pfannenstiel; Nottingham Forest, Wimbledon, Orlando Pirates; entered in the Guiness Book of records as the only footballer in the world to play on all 6 FIFA continents. Presently assistant coach to the Namibian national team. These football personalities, through their respective organisations are on the way to Dadu, epicentre of the floods, where 400 new villages were totally destroyed in the last 24 hours, to assist the Gift of the Givers relief effort, and to take “home” the reality of the horror that the flood plains of Pakistan now are.

The whole group was very warmly received by the press club of Karachi with extensive coverage in several of the Pakistani media today. Journalists could not conceal their emotions as we were swamped with gratitude for what has already been done and for what is to follow next.

Imtiaz Sooliman

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