GT fights crisis

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre is getting a big boost from local football.

The charity will receive all proceeds from the gate receipts of the 2011-2012 Cayman Islands Football Association Charity Shield game between George Town and Elite Sports Club. That match is scheduled to be played next month at the TE McField Sports Centre on Sunday 11 September at 7pm.

George Town are the reigning title holders after defeating Scholars International 7-6 (penalty) last year. The Charity Shield is the current curtain raiser for the local football season and it celebrates its third season this year.

According to football president Jeffrey Webb, the decision to select the crisis centre is based on dispelling the stigma attached to men as the most prevalent perpetrators.

“Football in the Cayman Islands is played by both male and female,” Webb said. “However, it is known to be a male-dominated game globally and we at the football association thought it would be a good gesture for the men to play this game in solidarity with the crisis centre as a means of showing their awareness of the particulars of the cases addressed by the different services administrated by this organization.

“I am sure that this decision will create an impact on this male-dominated sport and it will have a lasting effect mentally as they keep in mind the negative effects abuse of all levels can have on the women of our society. On behalf of the football association governing body I just want to ask everyone to come out and help us to make a meaningful contribution to the crisis centre.”

For the record the crisis centre is a non-governmental charitable organization that provides services and programmes focusing on domestic and sexual abuse through the provision of safe temporary shelter for women and their children, community education and assistance to all victims of abuse.

Tickets are available at Party Land (next to Little Darlings) and all Western Union Outlets priced at $5. One can also pay on the day of the game at the turnstile. For more information visit facebook.com/caymanfootball

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