Thursday, April 21, 2011


No, not Brighton and Hove Albion, but The Shack, winners of the Molly Malone's Charity Cup, played last Sunday.

In the end we raised ¥86,000 which was passed on to H.I.S. to be added to the money they raised at their International Festival which they plan to send to UNICEF Japan.

Many many thanks to Wayne and H.I.S. for the use of their gym and also to Yudai and Shohei who helped me get the teams together. Thanks also ofcourse to everyone who came.

I've also been made aware of a cool project in London called Play For Japan. One of Sunday's participants and my team mate, Seisho, has been in touch with them and has even done a write up for their site. Do check it out, you can read about their goals here. Apart from the practical benefits of the work they do and promote, the philosophy behind it is one a lot of us can relate to and is similar to what I hoped we could achieve, on however small a scale, with our little tournament.

As time slips by it's easy to forget little by little about the suffering still going on up in the North East of Japan. Projects like Play for Japan and anything you and I can do, big or small, I think, play a part in helping, encouraging and supporting those people. Our people. Afterall, who's bothered about differences in the face of such a disaster? If it does one thing, it shows us how we're all the same.

Molly Malone's Charity Cup FINAL STANDINGS

1st The Shack
2nd ST Braves 1
3rd H.I.S.
4th ST Braves 2
5th YMCA
6th Tartaruga

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