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It includes meals and aid for the needy… charitable initiatives for Tunisian players in Ramadan

Tunisia – Surrounded by a number of young people and children inside a spacious hall followed by a kitchen and a room with a number of bags full of foodstuffs, cereals and sweets, the defender of the Tunisian national team and the African Club, Nader Al-Ghandari, stands to put breakfast meals in boxes and bags, before the youth volunteers participate in distributing them to the needy in the city of Soukra. North of the capital Tunis.

The appearance of Al-Ghandari, one of the stars of the “Carthage Eagles” team, among the distributors of Iftar meals, was nothing but a pleasant surprise to all the volunteers of the “Dar Soukra” Association, whose organizers used to organize collective Iftar tables for the benefit of the needy in Ramadan every year, by preparing Iftar food. As part of a charitable program provided by the association with the aim of helping the vulnerable.

Similar to Nader Al-Ghandari, a number of athletes are keen to join charitable campaigns within a project that its organizers called "Fasting Breakfast", and they invited a number of celebrities to contribute to it.

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Activists on the communication platforms transmitted pictures of the African Club player as he supervised the distribution of Iftar meals, and the phenomenon of athletes engaging in charitable work throughout the month of Ramadan was well received and praised by the followers.

Volunteers from the Dar Soukra Association to break the fast in the kitchen to prepare the iftar meal
Volunteers from the Dar Soukra Association in a kitchen to prepare breakfast (Al-Jazeera)

Tunisia is experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis, which worsened during the holy month, when the consumption rate rises in parallel with the high rate of inflation and low purchasing power, which deprived many low-income families of saving their expenses.

However, the initiatives led by charitable organizations contributed to alleviating the hardships of living for these groups and embodied models of solidarity and social solidarity, especially after they were joined by a number of athletes and football players who brought joy to the hearts of needy families during Ramadan.

Nader Al-Ghandari believes that his participation in preparing breakfast and suhoor meals for those who are fasting, who are in poor condition, is "the least he can contribute in terms of actions that bring him closer to God, increase his good deeds, and establish the values of solidarity and good deeds, especially in the holy month," according to him.

In statements to Al-Jazeera Net, Al-Ghandari said: "It is certain that every football player or every celebrity in sports, art, or other fields of creativity will not lose much when he gives a small part of his salary to charitable projects and works, but those contributions that seem simple to us It represents a lot for those in need. Doing good gives us moral comfort and brings us closer to goodness and to God."

A number of young volunteers participate in distributing meals to low-income families
A number of young volunteers participate in distributing meals to low-income families (Al-Jazeera)

And regarding his involvement in charitable initiatives and his contribution to providing breakfast meals, he confirmed that he had been contributing since his professional years in France to contribute with his sister who runs a charitable organization there, and upon his return to his team, the African Club, he continued to support the needy and contribute to the “Dar Soukra” association for the breakfast of fasting people and allocate a part of his salary for such projects, he said.

He told Al-Jazeera Net: "I participated with a number of African Club players and the Tunisian national team in supporting other projects. I usually collect donations in the dressing rooms. After the end of the match, I talk to my colleagues, and their response was often immediate."

Despite the financial crises experienced by most of the Tunisian Football League clubs, a number of its players made the event during the blessed month by contributing to charitable activities and solidarity work and their participation in organizing breakfast and suhoor meals for the needy and low-income families, as well as providing financial assistance and foodstuffs to associations. Charity, which in turn distributes it to its beneficiaries.

ingrained habit

In turn, the coastal star player, Ziyad Boughattas, told Al-Jazeera Net, "Football players and well-off celebrities are required to be altruistic and do good, especially since the initiatives of breakfast tables for the weak are usually rooted in Tunisian families, and we must preserve them."

Boughattas adds, regarding the phenomenon of football stars getting involved in preparing breakfast tables: "Although breakfast food does not reduce the suffering of poor families, it does reduce its severity, especially in Ramadan, when consumption is high and cravings for different dishes are increasing," he says. .

Boughattas is keen to contribute with a number of his colleagues in Etoile du Sahel to provide financial and food assistance to the needy, as well as inviting foreign players in the team to breakfast as a form of reviving the Sunnahs of solidarity and solidarity in the holy month.

The Iftar initiatives are not limited to players, but even include coaches and club officials, according to what was confirmed to Al-Jazeera Net by Anis Bin Mim, a former official at the Tunisian Stadium Club.

The former official in the Tunisian stadium, Anis Ben Mim
Former official in the Tunisian stadium, Anis Bin Mim (Al-Jazeera)

Ben Meem says: "Supporting the needy and supporting them in this difficult social and economic circumstance is a duty that we all must perform. Football players are role models and an example for many, and their participation in setting up and distributing breakfast tables will certainly prompt others to engage in charitable work and give alms to the needy."

He revealed that his contribution with a number of athletes in helping the weak, with collective initiatives sometimes and individual ones at other times, is the least he can do in terms of alms in the blessed month.

During the month of Ramadan, manifestations of social solidarity spread in several Tunisian cities and the establishment of iftar tables that mainly target families without support, passers-by, or foreign residents, and are usually supervised by private associations or by individual initiatives by well-off people.

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