by: SJ reporter - Last updated: 2008-05-27
The Maccabi League and Maccabi Masters League will be providing the majority of players for a specially assembled team to face an Arsenal ex-pro celebrity XI on Sunday June 15 at Edgware Town Football Club to raise money for charity.
Mark Silverman from Mill Hill, north west London whose son Thomas, aged 3, has a severe muscle wasting condition and has organised the game to raise funds for Action Duchenne, a national charity raising funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Duchenne, a condition mainly affecting young boys, leaves them in a wheelchair by their 13th birthday and is followed by further paralysis and a very limited life expectancy.
There is no known cure for Duchenne and Mark, who became a director of Action Duchenne earlier this year, said: "Action Duchenne is the only national charity solely concerned with raising funds for critical research to find a treatments and a cure for Duchenne."
The Action Duchenne XI will comprise current and former players from Maccabi League and Maccabi Masters teams including Montana Boca Utd, Life, Rapid Banta and Brady Maccabi. Darren Curtis, player-manager of the team added: "Thomas appears to be a happy and healthy little boy but what seems to lie ahead is unbearable. It is so important that funding levels for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy are stepped up and I want to encourage as many people as possible to join us on Sunday 15 June for what should be a fantastic afternoon out."
Details of the game are as follows:
Sunday 15 June
Gates open 2pm, kick-off 3pm
at: Edgware Town Football Club, White Lion Ground, High Street, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 5AQ Adults - £7.00 Children - £4.00
5 and under - free
Tel: 07885 562650