Community Badminton Rally for Charity

Community Badminton Rally for Charity

Rochdale Leisure Centre was buzzing with activity over the weekend as local badminton enthusiasts gathered for a charity tournament organised by Khalid Abbas, co-ordinator of KPACE (Kidney Patient & Career Experience) community group. The tournament raised an exceptional £1,500.  This vital sum will aid in acquiring essential medical equipment to support the mission of serving humanity.

On November 26th, players of all ages and skill levels took to the court, demonstrating the unifying power of sports and community spirit. A total of 20 teams from across the North West of England participated in the tournament. The event was the culmination of months of meticulous planning by Khalid and his dedicated team of volunteers. Their unwavering commitment was driven by a desire not only to raise funds but also to foster a sense of friendship and belonging within the community.

Winners of charity badminton tournament poses with the trophies.

“Badminton is a sport that transcends age and ability,” Khalid remarked, “It’s a fun way to get exercise, socialise, and connect with others. We were overwhelmed by the turnout and the incredible support shown by the players and spectators. The tournament was a resounding success.”

The culmination of the tournament was an electrifying final match between Shakeel, Khurshid team again Shakir and Jaanbaz team. The tension was palpable as the two teams battled for every point, showcasing their remarkable skills and unwavering determination. After a series of exhilarating rallies, Shakeel and Khurshid emerged victorious, claiming the coveted title amidst thunderous applause from the crowd. The runners-up, Shakir and Jaanbaz, were also applauded for their exceptional performance and sportsmanship displayed throughout the tournament.

Sanya from Living well and her team at the event

Beyond the captivating badminton matches, the event featured a variety of interactive stalls hosted by local organisations. Living Well Rochdale, set up their stall where Sanya and her team provided valuable health screenings, including blood pressure checks and cholesterol tests. Additionally, the NIHR Clinical Research Network established a stall to conduct research on the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases within the South Asian community. They collected saliva samples during the event to support their research endeavours.

The organisers of the charity badminton tournament express their deepest gratitude to Donna Matley and her exceptional team at Rochdale Leisure Centre for their unwavering support and invaluable assistance in making the event a resounding success.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of the tournament,” Khalid expressed, “And extend a special appreciation to Abdul Ahmad for his tireless behind-the-scenes efforts. His hard work in arranging the team tables and officiating the matches was essential to the tournament’s success. We are also deeply grateful to Mohmmad Tahir (Archie) for generously donating the match trophies.”

Team of NIHR Clinical Research Network at the event

In conclusion, the organisers thank all the generous support for their contributions to the event, including Talat Mahmood, Azhar Shah, Worldwide Cash & Carry, Horizon Window and Glass, DesDirect, Viper Sports, Global & Euro Tyre Rochdale, NK Legal Solicitors, A1 Fish and Chips & Desi Curry, SM Cash & Carry, and Indus Print Rochdale, for their invaluable sponsorship support.

The charity badminton tournament stands as a testament to the power of community, compassion, and sporting spirit. The event not only raised funds for a worthy cause but also fostered a sense of unity and well-being within the community. We look forward to many more such events in the future.

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