AT the end of each season QPR in the Community Trust link up with the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to provide a unique Mental Health World Cup which is played at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
However, as a result of COVID-19, this year’s annual tournament has been postponed, meaning both CALM and QPR in the Community Trust will miss out on vital funding that usually helps tackle the issues surrounding mental health.
The tournament itself is the UK’s leading 5-a-side football event in the fight to prevent male suicides.
Launched in 2012 and hosted in W12 since 2018, the World Cup has become an important fundraising event, as well as providing an opportunity to bring people together to raise vital money to help work on this issue.
Last season’s tournament saw 24 teams competing, including nations such as: China, Nigeria, Egypt and of course QPR managed by Club ambassador Andy Sinton.
QPR’s Stadium Activities manager Justin Stone told www.qpr.co.uk: “Last year’s tournament was a fantastic event, it brought a number of individuals and companies together to support the vital work both the Trust and CALM do daily in our communities.
After attending a tournament organised by Giancarlo Gaglione in 2018, I thought it was only right to help support the tournament grow by hosting it at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
“From a personal point of view, my brother-in-law sadly lost his life due to mental health issues and anything I can do to help support organisations such as CALM to prevent this from happening in the future I am proud to do.
“Sadly due to COVID-19 we haven’t been able to run any end of season community events such as this, which has meant a huge dip in the vital funds for the work we do."
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