The Action Against Hunger team in the Richoux Group football tournament- vital fundraising for nutrition projects

Richoux Group football tournament 2016

Last week, teams from all over the country took part in the Richoux Group football tournament, raising funds for Action Against Hunger

By Tom Fitzpatrick

Jun 27 2016

The 4th Richoux Group Tournament

After Gary Lineker hosted last month’s Auction Against Hunger, and the Euro 2016 tournament well underway in France, football has been a talking point at Action Against Hunger UK this month. What better way to continue this trend, than by sending a team from our office to the Richoux Group football tournament.

Our wonderful supporters from the Richoux Group, together with a wide range of their suppliers and partners, came together on a sunny day in Kent on the 21st of June, eager for football to positively unite people. The day marked the fourth annual Richoux Group five-a-side football tournament, once again set up to raise funds and awareness of our fight to end child hunger for good.
The day included 16 teams and was a great celebration, raising a fantastic £4,367.55 for Action Against Hunger’s work around the world. As well as the generosity of the Richoux Group themselves, teams from Comtrex Systems, Catercraft, Gary Bluff Projects, Barry Brothers and many other businesses from around the country contributed vital funds, as well as hard yards on the pitch.

The winning team from Zenith Hygiene, with the Mayor of Bromley Ian Payne

Four groups made up the first round, before a knock out tournament. Action Against Hunger’s team unfortunately didn’t make it through, but enjoyed the day nonetheless. The final pitted Zenith Hygiene against Comtrex, with Zenith coming out on top in a close fought game. 

Presentation from the Mayor of Bromley

The winners were presented with their trophy by the Mayor of Bromley, Ian Payne, who also spoke kindly about the work of Action Against Hunger. “Action Against Hunger work all over the world, helping around 15 million people last year, and it gives me great pleasure to present them with this great total today. From my time in Sri Lanka, you see the work that NGOs like this one do”.

The Mayor of Bromley, Ian Payne, presented the cheque with Chris Parker from Action Against Hunger and Adnan Bajraktari from Richoux Group

The Mayor presented the cheque for £4,367.55 to Action Against Hunger alongside Adnan Bajraktari, Operations Manager at the Richoux Group, and Chris Parker, Action Against Hunger’s Corporate Partnerships Manager and captain on the day.

Chris enjoyed the event – “It was great to see so many people coming together in support of Action Against Hunger.  The energy and enthusiasm from the teams involved was absolutely fantastic and we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Richoux Group and everyone that took part.  The funds raised will make such a difference to our work around the world and we look forward to returning next year to challenge for the trophy!

Ed Standring, Managing Director for the Richoux Group, had this to say about the day “We are delighted to have partnered Action Against Hunger with our 4th annual football tournament, raising over £4,300 for an important cause which is close to the hearts of our business

Our thanks go to all the participants, and especially to the fantastic support of Adnan, Ed and the Richoux Group. The continued support of their football tournament has now led to over £13,000 being raised for our work. This figure is enough to potentially provide the nutrition treatment needed to save the lives of 326 severely malnourished children and nurse them back to health. This amazing statistic is testament to the continued success of this fixture on the Action Against Hunger calendar, and we look forward to competing again next year!

 

Images; Richoux Group, Tom Fitzpatrick for Action Against Hunger