Last night saw the England football team deliver a particularly dour performance in their World Cup Qualifying group – playing out a 0-0 draw in Kiev against Ukraine. It was a satisfactory, if uninspiring, result. However, the event we photographed possessed all the inspiration that the match seemingly lacked. World Jewish Relief is a UK based international Jewish charity, committed to meeting the needs of individuals and communities living in poverty, assisting them in the transformation of their lives and livelihoods. Pertinently, they are extremely active throughout impoverished communities in Ukraine.
I have personally been in awe of the work carried out by WJR, ever since going on a trip to Ukraine (notably Kharkov) with the organisation over 5 years ago, and meeting people of all ages whose very existence is ensured and enhanced by this amazing organisation. In fact one of my shots from that brief trip, of a mother with her child – two members of a very large family living in a freezing one room shack – was shown on the giant screen as part of the appeal yesterday. I’ll write an archive blog post about this trip in the weeks to come.
Screening the match for a full theatre at the artsdepot, whilst raising vital funds for those in need, was simply a wonderful idea. Where else do a room full of people get together, and donate money to the country of the opposing team?! Inspirational stuff.
The event featured not only the screening of the big match on a very giant screen, but also a Q&A session with former Chairman of the Football Association David Bernstein, presented by Sky Sports anchorwoman Clare Tomlinson. Many notable events occurred under Mr. Bernstein’s Chairmanship, including the appointment of Roy Hodgson as England Manager, and the opening of the National Football Centre, so the Q&A was hugely interesting for everyone present.
If you’d like to find out more about what World Jewish Relief do, click HERE. Below are a few of our favourite shots from the evening…