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Big response for Noah Simmons event

Organisers pleased with response for Noah Simmons Memorial The Noah Simmons Memeorial Football Event, organized by The Marabella Family Crisis Centre and friends has received a positive response from businesses across the country. “While we expected some contributions from the Marabella/San Fernando area, we’ve been delighted to receive support from companies in the East-West corridor […]

Organisers pleased with response for Noah Simmons Memorial

The Noah Simmons Memeorial Football Event, organized by The Marabella Family Crisis Centre and friends has received a positive response from businesses across the country.

“While we expected some contributions from the Marabella/San Fernando area, we’ve been delighted to receive support from companies in the East-West corridor and the Central region” said Anthony Sherwood who is organizing the event with Kevin Harrison and Terry Boissiere, CEO of the Marabella Family Crisis Centre.

The event will be a memorial football event in recognition of the tragic murder of Noah Simmons and will take place at Manny Ramjohn Stadium on Saturday 26th May 2018 from Midday .

Noah was a talented young footballer living in Marabella, who had never come to the attention of the police.

He attended – and played for – Shiva Boys Hindu School as well as representing Central F.C. in the Flow Youth Pro League through his association with the Anthony Sherwood Football Academy.

Noah was a regular attendee of the Marabella Family Crisis Centre and spent many happy hours playing football at Manny Ramjohn Stadium. Noah was gunned down on the morning of his 16th birthday. No motive has been determined.

 

“The main aim of this event is to bring the community together to denounce crime and the slaughter of our young people” said Harrison “This message seems to be getting across, as we have been encouraged by the generosity of businesses from across the country.”

Harrison added that donations are still required as every dollar saved in hosting the event is another dollar towards Marabella Family Crisis Centre.

“Not everyone is aware of the fantastic efforts made by Terry and his team to offer support to people – especially youths- from the community. But it has captured the imagination of people across the country and we’ve been pleased with the response so far. However, more help is still needed.”

Sherwood added “This is not just a South event. People from all over have been stepping up to help. Cascadia Hotel in St Anns have offered a prize of 4 free passes to their waterslides followed by lunch for 4 in their restaurant. This will be won during an under 16 half time penalty shoot out during the first game on Saturday.”

Sherwood also gave thanks to other supporters such as Angela Persad in Marabella, Baldeo’s in Felicity, SM Jaleel in Chaguanas, Ansa McColl Motors in Central and Sunshine Snacks in Barataria.

All Pro League clubs will submit two players to form an All Star Pro League team to play in the main event. Prior to this game, there will be a game between Shiva Boys and the Marabella Family Crisis Centre and friends.

Gates open at Midday and food and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Admission to the event will be $20, with kids aged 5-16 paying $5.  Children under 5 will be admitted free.

“We are hoping to attract a big crowd to support this event” said Anthony Sherwood, who coached Noah at his football academy. “This is not just a football event.” Added Sherwood. “I believe this tragedy could become a catalyst for communities to stand up to crime in their areas.”

The mother of Noah, Aneiasha Blackburn has sent a message to everyone involved in the event. “Thank you so much for letting my child’s legacy live on. It means the world to me. Noah is probably smiling down from heaven knowing the impact he has made on a lot of people out there”

The organisers gave thanks to the TTFA, TT Pro League, Shiva Boys Hindu School, referee, Rashbie Mc Phee and SPORTT for their assistance with the event. A contractor has also stepped forward to offer assistance with repairs to the Family Crisis Centre.

“We have received a good response on our Noah Simmons Memorial Event facebook page and we expect a big crowd on the day.” Said Boissiere.  Without doubt, the football community has come together to make this event happen. We expect a crowd of at least 1,500 to attend on the day, with the Marabella community attending to express their grief for Noah and their opposition to the crime situation in the country. But we are hoping that people attend from right across the country and make this an event that the government takes note of.”

Harrison added that support is still needed from corporate T&T. “We need refreshments such as water and soft drinks, as well as snacks etc. Because all profits go to the Crisis Centre, we are trying to reduce our overheads as much as possible. We’re also hoping that Minister Cudjoe will waive the fees associated with hiring Manny Ramjohn Stadium for the event.”

To make donations contact Terry on 658-5110 or send a message via the facebook page.

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