Committee chairman Clive Nathan, who recently visited the Equalizer Programme in Haifa, told 250 sports fans of how “it was an amazing experience to be there and see the reality of young Jews, Arabs and Druze playing together, laughing together and just being together.”
Guests at the annual quiz and dinner held at Barnet FC The Hive saw footage of a recent football tournament between Jewish and Arab children, which are a regular feature of the programme, funded by UJIA in northern Israel. The appeal on the night raised £115,000 to enable more disadvantaged children to be able to take part and also receive extra school tutoring.
The gathering was joined by Arsenal Legend Ray Parlour and Spurs Legend Graham Roberts, and the night was hosted by award winning ITV presenter Ian Payne.
After five tough quiz rounds, “ATASS Sports” were the winners of the night, beating 25 teams to victory and taking home the BDO Cup, donated by one of the night’s sponsors.
Winners of the sporting themed silent auction took home prizes including a signed Red Bull Formula One Team Racing Cap, and won tours of LBC and ITV News. Raffle prizes included a one night stay at W London, courtesy of event co-sponsors W Tel Aviv The Residences.
UJIA’s Louise Melzack, said:
Sports Night is always one of our liveliest events and tonight was no exception. Guests love the high tech quiz and the atmosphere and they really connected with the Equalizer Programme because it’s about harnessing the power of football to do something positive for Israel. It was a fantastic night.