AFP Announce the 4th Annual Multicultural Unity Cup Finals

Melbourne, Vic, Australia ( March 30, 2011

AFP Announce the 4th Annual Multicultural Unity Cup Finals

AFP Announce the 4th Annual Multicultural Unity Cup Finals

The Western Bulldogs will join the Essendon and North Melbourne Football Clubs as partners, with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), for the 2011 Unity Cup.

The fourth annual Unity Cup finals will be held at Essendon’s Windy Hill Oval on Sunday, 10 April. Preliminary matches will be played on Sunday, 3 April at Airport West.

Teams from the Kangan Indigenous Football Club and the Jewish community, AJAX, will join the round-robin tournament that already features sides from the Islamic Information Services Network of Australasia (IISNA), the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV), Newport Islamic Society, and Flemington Eritrean Community.

Each team will be complemented by members from the Bombers, Kangaroos, Bulldogs, the AFP and Victoria Police.

The Unity Cup Family Day is designed to unite Melbourne’s culturally diverse communities and consolidate a trusted relationship with law enforcement.

AFP National Manager Counter Terrorism Steve Lancaster said the event is a celebration of multiculturalism.

“The growth of the Unity Cup demonstrates the ability of sport to bring together our ethnically diverse communities, to make a statement against cultural, racial and religious intolerance,” he said.

“This event is an opportunity for the AFP to engage with these communities with which we live in and promote social unity”.

“We’re very proud to feature four Muslim teams and one each representing the Jewish and Indigenous communities in this year’s tournament. These teams play an important role, not only as key representatives for their communities, but also as ambassadors for cultural unity.”

Western Bulldogs General Manager of Education and Community Engagement, Chris Christoforou, said the Western Bulldogs was proud to be joining the Kangaroos and founding partners, Essendon, as ambassadors for and participants in Unity Day.

“The Unity Cup is a tremendous initiative in the promotion of social cohesion,” he said.

“We’re proud to be linking with the AFP, Victorian Police, the Kangaroos and Bombers,to learn about and play alongside members from our Muslim, Jewish and Indigenous societies.

“We would like to thank the AFP for the opportunity to be involved with the Unity Cup and giving us the chance to further engage with the broad and brilliant cultures that make up the AFL and Melbourne communities.”

The Unity Cup Family Day will include activities for all, with Bombers, Kangaroos and Bulldogs players available to sign autographs and conduct Auskick junior clinics. Other highlights will be Emergency Services demonstrations and a kids’ activity zone.

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