Words: Eva O’Beirne
Shirt sales will raise funds to bring football and other sports to children in Tulkarem Camp, West Bank.
Bohemian FC has teamed up with Palestine Sport for Life to raise awareness of human rights violations in Palestine and raise much-needed funds to support access to sports for children in the camp of Tulkarem in the West Bank.
Ten per cent of the profits from the jersey will provide sports equipment to the Palestine Sport for Life project in Tulkarem.
“The project empowers young girls and boys to realise their right to play, through football, and helps them to develop their life skills. The project also provides educational opportunities and promotes education in keeping with the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” said the club in a statement this morning.
As well as providing finances to Palestine Sport for Life, Bohs has promised to use its social media platforms to highlight the work of the charity with monthly updates and reports from the camp.
“The lives of Palestinian children are difficult and they face daily human rights violations, we want to communicate this to our fanbase and beyond and assist in improving their lives through sport,” the statement continued.
The jersey, which carries Palestinian colours and a dove icon below the collar, builds on similar jersey initiatives undertaken by Bohemians in recent years.
In 2020 the club’s away jersey focused on the integration of refugees in collaboration with Amnesty International, while in 2021 it was dedicated to fighting homelessness in Dublin, in collaboration with Focus Ireland and Fontaines D.C..
Most recently, Bohs partnered with the Marley Family to release a jersey commemorating Bob Marley’s last-ever outdoor gig, in Dalymount Park, raising funds to bring music and sports equipment to refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland.
“Football has enormous power to be a force for good across the world. At Bohemians we have undertaken many initiatives to harness this power in Ireland, in particular, to support and champion the situations of people who are homeless or refugees in Direct Provision. This 2023 shirt is aiming to take that power from Ireland and assist children in Palestine who face unimaginable challenges and human rights violations each and every day,” said Daniel Lambert, COO of Bohemian FC on the launch of the new kit.
“Their right to play and to have an actual childhood should never be taken away and we hope that this partnership with Palestine Sport for Life will assist many young Palestinians, as well as highlighting their plight to our fanbase and others in the world of football.”
Elsewhere on District: Arnold Park Studios announce pop-up launch party at Hen’s Teeth