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5 Nov

Supporting Afghan refugees in Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) has helped to welcome Afghan refugees to the city.

Roughly 140 Afghan refugees were welcomed at a special event the Infinity Centre, in Harehills, on Wednesday 3 November, having arrived in the city three weeks ago.

Highlights from the event included cricket and football activities being led by the YCF.

Traditional Afghani food was also freshly cooked by Khan’s Cuisine, and served, while there were also keynote speakers.

Sohail Raz, the Diverse Communities Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, said: “Here at the Foundation, we are committed to making a difference and do our bit in helping support the Afghan refugees.

“It’s great to see them enjoying the cricket activities and the smiles on their faces.”

Supporting the event was Leeds City Council, alongside Leeds-based charity Give a Gift, while the Leeds United Community Foundation was also in attendance.

Rifhat Malik MBE, the project manager for Give a Gift, said: “This event is really vital because we want to show the refugees that we are a really welcoming city.

“By working with partners like Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds United and Leeds City Council we are all working in collaboration to share our resources and help these people who are really struggling.”

The welcome event is just one of the initiatives that has run in Leeds to support Afghan refugees.

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