More than 10,000 people attended the New Zealand Eid Day celebration at Auckland’s Eden Park on July 21, giving many the opportunity to try out their football skills through Hungerball.
Hungerball (Hia Pōro) is an inflatable playground enabling boys and girls to ‘have a go’ at football in a safe and fun environment.
The project is a collaborative venture by Hungerball, Manukau United Football Club and Friends of Football who have sponsored the programme.
Hungerball was a popular attraction at Eid, an event that brings together all the Muslim ethnicities in Auckland for a day of joy.
The event provided visitors with a wide variety of games, food stalls – featuring cuisines from the 35+ ethnicities that make up the Muslim community and educational displays.
Friends of Football are supporting Manukau United and Hungerball through their Helping Hand Fund which provides support for innovative football projects that might otherwise not proceed.
Main photo: From left, Manukau United chair Hone Fowler, Friends of Football president Earle Thomas, Hungerball’s creator Andu Iordache, Friends of Football founder Brian Turner, dual cricket/football international Mark Burgess and Friends of Football committee member Alan Yates.
More images from Eid at Eden Park – please click on image to open to full size