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Futsal community shows it has a heart


May 6, 2018 by admin

BLACKTOWN’S sporting community will come together next month for a 24-hour futsal marathon to raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Hills-based organisers hope the charity event will raise $20,000 to buy two new heart monitors for the hospital’s Kids Heart Research and Edgar Stephens ward.

The futsal marathon will be played at Tindale Christian School on September 7 with up to 150 junior and senior players taking part.

Organiser George Shalala said he’s been “bowled over” with the level of corporate and community support the charity event has received.

“We had over 300 people say they wanted to come and play on the night,” Shalala said.

“It’s very humbling and great for the hospital who said they’re in need of new heart monitors.”

Shalala first came up with the 24-hour futsal fund-raising concept as a way to help friends Joe and Clara Zouein whose daughter Gabriella, 3, suffers from a heart condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

The condition affects one in 10,000 babies who are born with a abnormally small ventricle and aorta which can’t support the body’s blood circulation.

To raise awareness for the condition the pair decided to team up with Fraser Gray from Kids Futsal Blacktown.

“I don’t think you’ll find a person anywhere who isn’t affected in some way by childhood health problems,” Mr Zouein said.

“Childhood health problems affect a lot of families in Sydney.

“This is our way of giving back to the hospital to try and help the kids and families doing it tough.”

Mr Zouein’s civil construction company, Jeankon, has agreed to donate a $1 for every goal scored in the 24-hour marathon.

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