Geylang International Football Club (GIFC), who will be represent Singapore in this season’s AFC Cup, has raised S$20,000 as part of its ongoing community service program to give back to society with South East Community Development Council (CDC) as its primary beneficiary.
Away from the football field where GIFC finished fourth in the Singapore Premier League last season to qualify for this year’s AFC Cup, players and officials have set aside 5% of their monthly salaries to help the under privileged and vulnerable families from South East CDC.
At a cheque presentation ceremony held at GIFC’s home ground- Our Tampines Hub (OTH), Mohd Fahmi Bin Aliman, Mayor of South East CDC paid tribute to GIFC’s donation drive efforts and wishes them every success with the new football season set to get underway soon.
“We are very thankful to Geylang International Football Club for their support and assistance in improving the lives of our residents at South East CDC. As they prepare for the exciting new season ahead, we wish the club every success domestically and also on the regional stage as they take on some of the best clubs in Asia at the AFC Cup,” said Fahmi.
Thomas Gay, Chairman of GIFC also showed his appreciation to his players and officials as well as underlined the club’s commitment in supporting and building an inclusive community with its latest initiative.
“I am glad the players and coaches came forward on their own accord to contribute to help the deserving residents of South East CDC. Over the past few years, they have been actively participating with the CDCs to engage the community in projects like the 3M Step up challenge, Walk for Rice and Digital lessons for Seniors. I am looking forward to working with South East CDC to embrace more meaningful programmes in the years to come,” said Gay.
Noor Ali, Head Coach of GIFC believes the club’s gesture will empower the lives of the less fortunate and is pleased he is also able to play his part.
“This donation is a gesture from my players and coaches to give back to the community. We are fortunate to be able to keep our job during this difficult period. We understand that many people have lost their jobs, hence through South East CDC, we hope the donation will bring some relief to those in need,” said Noor.