On the 29th of December, 2017, we lost our best friend Safi Aziz due to a tragic accidental gas leak during his sleep whilst he was visiting his family in Pakistan, where he and his cousin sadly lost their lives.
Throughout the entirety of Safi’s life, he held a constant smile with his cheeky personality which ensured he was loved by anyone who knew him. We were introduced to Safi at school, where our shared passion for football quickly became the catalyst in the development of a true friendship. To commemorate his life we organised a memorial football match, which we worked hard to host this match at Arbour Park (Slough Town FC), on Saturday 5th January at 3pm. The aim of the event is to raise money for Muslim Hands to build a community borehole in Mali, with additionally building a gravity water scheme in Pakistan under Safi and Turaab's names. We were joined by his Mum and Brother, who kindly arranged to fly back from America to be with us on the day.
Our goal is to raise £15,000 in order to improve the quality of life for over 1,400 people (in Mali) and 52 families (in Pakistan). Additionally we have other projects in mind such as a memorial bench to be located in Gerrards Cross as a local tribute to him that we can all visit when we want to.
We have made the decision to continue with our fundraising, and believe we have the ability to make a huge difference. Further fund-raising schemes are being discussed with official match jerseys and photo books to all be made for sale soon, along with other initiatives.
We are unbelievably grateful for all your support, its truly amazing.
Thanks for reading.