ON Friday 13th July the Queens Park Rangers Community Trust hosted a fun, football related festival, for hundreds of children who have been directly and indirectly affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The event consisted of various different fun football activity stalls as well cuddling with pets and other entertaining activities. It was put on for children from Ark Burlington Danes and Oxford Gardens Primary School - both in close proximity to where the Grenfell Tower was situated.
Our Primary Stars Innovation Officer Zoe Kord, who has been working with schools from the Grenfell area this year, explained to www.qpr.co.uk just how important it is to host these events:
“The kids can come out of class, play a couple of games, get together and socialise and have a bit of fun which allows them to win a load of QPR prizes,” explained Zoe.
She continued: “Some of the kids have things going on at home that make it difficult to escape from, so for us to provide them with days like this becomes very beneficial.”
Lauren Mckenna, who is a teacher at Ark Burlington Danes School, said the fact that the children are now familiar with the name QPR and the teachers that provide them support makes these events straightforward and enjoyable.
“They know QPR because they are always coming in and putting on programmes so the children are so used to seeing them and know it’s always fun and engaging,” said Lauren.
“Straight away the children are excited and you can see that with the way they respond to the activities.”
After all the grieving that naturally came with what happened at Grenfell, QPR made a promise to the community to fully commit to providing support and help to all those affected.
This began from the very first day when Loftus Road was used as storage point to hold food,drink and blankets left by generous members of the community and has continued up until now.
The #Game4Grenfell was publicly seen as our biggest commitment to the cause but behind the scenes many other initiatives and groups have been set-up to allow us to deliver on our promise.
This festival was one of those events and Hamid Elouahabi, who is a teacher at Oxford Primary School, expressed his pride at what he sees as ‘the community coming together’.
“For the last 12 to 13 months what has been really important is for the whole community to demonstrate that there is a certain amount of unity. When our local football club and local school’s can collaborate together it’s a perfect example of great unity,” said Hamid.
He added: “I can’t speak highly enough of what Queens Park Rangers are doing at the moment. The legacy has to continue and we’ve struck up a great partnership where Zoe (Kord) comes every Monday and sets up some great little workshops that engages with the children. The relationship between us can only get stronger and stronger.”