From Sharrow to Soweto gig launches DR Congo project appeal fund21 April 2008

FARE partner Football Unites Racism Divides has launched an appeal to develop the Football Between Communities project working with orphaned children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This exciting African venture was the beneficiary at 'From Sharrow to Soweto', a night of music and entertainment which took place at Sheffield United’s Tunnel Bar on 4th April. FURD, and Sheffield United, are based in the Sharrow suburb in Sheffield.

Live music was provided by Sheffield's own Sparras, Zimbabwean Khula African Arts and Furdworld, playing a set of football related music including Jorge Ben's “Umbabarauma” and the Furdworld anthem “Love Football, Hate Racists” specially composed for the 2007 Mondiali Antirazzisti.

Sheffield's music royalty also got in on the act, as Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley and Reverend & the Makers all donated raffle prizes

The Sharrow to Soweto event raised 900 euros to pay for the transportation of balls, boots, kit and goalposts to DR Congo, where it is eagerly awaited. The Football Between Communities project, led by FURD coach Desbon Bushiri is working on ways to bring young people and communities together to reduce tension and breakdown barriers through events and sporting activities, including football, dance, poetry, music and yoga.