The Rohingya have been described the UN as 'the world's most persecuted people' and hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled their homes in Myanmar to escape an ongoing genocide.
Rohingya FC was established in Malaysia in 2015 to provide a positive outlet for Rohingya refugees across the world, using the magic of football to bring Rohingya youth together, with football spreading a message of peace and harmony.
Acting as a 'national' team for a people who have been denied their nation, Rohingya FC intends to give a voice to Rohingya youth and to inspire them to be proud of their identity.
The team has been thriving and grown considerably since 2015 and is now aiming to compete internationally, not in FIFA's framework, which is denied to them, but within CONIFA (Confederation of Independent Football Associations) which recognises nations, states and peoples outside the FIFA Family.
Rohingya FC joined CONIFA in 2017 and are aiming to play their first international matches in 2019, but the club struggles to raise funds especially since the refugees who run it aren't allowed to work or to hold bank accounts. Rohingya FC is highly appreciating the call for a fundraise and authorized this "call for action".
That's why Rohingya FC needs your help to continue and expand its work. Reaching the target will allow for thousands more Rohingya players to enjoy the sport they love and will help the team on the path towards representing their people on an international stage, an emotional and powerful statement of hope for a people who have suffered so much.
As requested by "GoFundMe" here the additional infomation about the purpose:
My name is Jens Jockel, CONIFA Asia President,living in Germany. I am collecting funds,to make it possible to provide RohingyaFC,a respected but financially struggling member, and persecuted group of people. We did collect a lot of equipment, which we want to deliver in person to Rohingya FC, organize meetings, events and much much more! Our relationship is as following: RohingyaFC are a member of CONIFA. CONIFA is the biggest global football body for non-FIFA-teams, and wants to connect the world via football. We help our members, as good as we can,voluntarily.
We are registered as NGO in Sweden.
The funds will be spent for: the travel, providing equipment,getting the equipment over to Kuala Lumpur,the asylum city of RohingyaFC and helping on the ground.
Our withdrawal plan - If the funds are already sufficient to book the flights and the luggage/providing of equipment, we would have our first withdrawal of money.
On request,I will provide any donator,with the official letter of appreciation by Rohingya FC.
Asia President of CONIFA
At least 50€: A signed christmas card ,with a big personal "Thank you!"
At least 100€ : An original matchworn/matchprepared jersey of the Challenger Cup in Germany 2016! The jerseys were played against Tamil Eelam and Roma National Team. Condition differs a lot. 6 available.
At least 150€: You will receive a CONIFA shirt, with dedication, signed by the whole exCo after the AGM,coming with a nice card. (only four available)
or: (only three available)
You will receive a legendary matchworn bib of Cascadia!
Cascadia forgot their jerseys in the WFC-game against Panjab,and played the first half in Uhlsport-bibs.
Going big ? Face a big reward!
We are sure,you are as excited as us,about the Euros 2019 in Nagorno-Karabakh(Artsakh)!
For a donation of 200€, you will get a very rare incentive (three available) :
VIP-tickets for the Euros 2019. These VIP-tickets will be allowing you to enter EVERY game (also the finals) and gain you access to the pitch,and some other more intimate locations. Excluded are: The changing rooms of the referees,teams, ambulance, and CONIFA meeting rooms.
Shuttles from Yerevan,the Armenian capital, are in the planning.
The date of the tournament: June 2019.
First possibility ever in CONIFA history,to have such a "one-in-a-million"-experience!
For 300€ you can get active on the pitch!
Yes,you are right! You are playing for CONIFA. And it is hell of a package!
We will have the Challenger Tournament,in Germany, in Wiehl(near Cologne).
The date: 02-03.03.2019
Easily reachable from everywhere. Lot of lowcost airlines going there!
To finish the tournament in style,there will be a game between CONIFA All Stars (best players of the tournaments,garnished with CONIFA officials) against a team made up by the University of Cologne. Our partner.
You will be able to play in this game, keep your jersey,if you wish,let it be signed and we will provide you a sleeping place in the Youth Hostel Wiehl,if you wish.
On top you can hang around with the organisers: Gen.Sec Sascha Düerkop and Jens Jockel (Asia President) + 1-2 players to taste the signature dish of the the region "Bergische Waffeln" (waffles) with cherries and cream. Handmade.
We will share some globetrotter stories and also some stories about CONIFA!
CONIFA means family,taste it!
Two packages are available.
For 800€ (you do not really wanna do that,do you ? ) :
We will name the trophy of the Germany Challenger Cup after you, and you will get a faksimile of the cup.
It will get published on all social CONIFA channels.
Furthermore you can take place in the AllStars-game and we cover your two nights in Wiehl. And yeah,also waffles for you. (Obviously only one package).