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Celebrity football for cancer relief

Published: 
Friday, August 8, 2014
Paul Montano, left, James Saunders, Hypa Hoppa, event organiser Ian Haywood and Fuad Abu Bakr.

Altruistic Benefit Cup 2 is scheduled to take place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Sunday from 6 pm to 8 pm. 

The charity football match will feature two star-studded teams—Media United and Celebritilona. 

The Media United team will consist of personalities from print and electronic media including Hypa Hoppa, Shal Marshal, Sunny Bling, Sampson Nanton, James Saunders, Gyasi Merrique, Mark Bassant, Paul Montano and Jovan Ravello.

While the Celebritilona team will be made up of artistes, businessmen, politicians and national sportsmen including Brent Sancho, Fuad Abu Bakr, Kernel Roberts, Olatunji Yearwood, Orlando Octave, Cyclops, Ecliff Elie and Wayne Mystar.

The inaugural Altruistic Benefit Cup was held on December 1, 2013, World Aids Day, and copped by team Celebritilona, which was captained by cricketer Dwayne Bravo. 

The match was geared towards raising fund for persons living with HIV/Aids, with the beneficiaries being the Cyril Ross Home, Mothers 2 Mothers and the Children’s Life Fund, a release said. 

This year’s match will be geared towards raising funds for people living with cancer and their families, and to also assist with the eradication of illiteracy in T&T. Part proceeds from the event will be donated to the Cancer Society of T&T, the Just Because Foundation and Nalaa Circle. 

Altruism or selflessness is a traditional virtue, which speaks to the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others. It consists of sacrificing something for someone other than the self, with no expectation of any compensation or benefits. 

The Celian Group said in a release that the promotion of altruism is very crucial to the social development of the nation and that volunteerism needs to be re-injected into the fabric of our nation, hence the name Altruistic Benefit Cup. 

“We would like to thank all media personalities, celebrities, sponsors and interest groups who have selflessly given their time and resources to assist with this venture, “the release said.