BOHEMIANS DONATE JERSEY PROFITS TO MASI END DIRECT PROVISION CAMPAIGN

Bohemian FC has taken the decision to donate 100% of profits from our ‘Refugees Welcome’ away jersey for the next seven days to the Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland (MASI).

While our supporter-led initiative to bring Direct Provision residents to games will continue when the easing of Covid-19 restrictions allows it to, we feel the current pandemic has further exposed the inequality of the system.

As a club, we want to do more to show solidarity and help efforts to effect change that impacts the lives of people who have become friends and fellow supporters of our club.

All profits until midnight Thursday June 18 will go directly to MASI.

  • Adult sizes cost €60 and are available here.
  • Kid sizes cost €50 and are available here.
  • Please allow for up to three weeks for delivery, which will depend on demand.

Direct Provision/Black Lives Matter

The issue of racial prejudice and inequality across the globe has come under the spotlight in recent weeks after the killing of George Floyd by police in the United States and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests worldwide.

Ireland is not immune to racial prejudice. For 20 years, the state’s system of Direct Provision has impinged on the civil rights of people coming to these shores seeking asylum.

The United Nations and international human rights organisations have highlighted how the system can leave vulnerable people in limbo for years on end while often living in inhumane conditions.

Partnership with MASI

Football can transcend all societal barriers and as a club ingrained in our local community, we strive to be inclusive of people of all backgrounds.

That is why we have, since 2017, through a supporter-led initiative, partnered with MASI to provide transport and admission to our home games for residents of Direct Provision Centres.

Life is extremely tough for people living in Direct Provision and we hope that by making them feel welcome at the Home of Irish Football, we can provide some escape as well as some hope that a brighter and more inclusive future lies ahead.

The club financed this programme last season by ring-fencing 10% of all profits from our 2019 away jersey for the fund to provide transport to and from games.

The club, through its members and supporters, has also worked closely with MASI for nearly a decade, hosting multiple events on their behalf including regular Africa Cup of Nations final celebrations and, more recently, a party, organised by Bang Bang, for over 200 children living in Direct Provision last Christmas, which also saw over 500 children in centres across the state receive Christmas presents.

MASI activist Lucky Khambule said: “We are proud to once again work with Bohemian Football Club who have been great friends and supporters of MASI and our work for many years now.

“I would like to thank the club, its members and supporters for the solidarity they have consistently demonstrated through both words and concrete action.”

Partnership with Amnesty International

The programme to bring Direct Provision residents to Bohemians games continued this season until the outbreak of Covid-19.

Amnesty International came on board as partners for our ‘Refugees Welcome’ 2020 jersey to further highlight the inequality and conditions of the Direct Provision system.

Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International, said: “Covid-19 is showing us in a really brutal way just how inhumane the whole system of Direct Provision is.

“People couldn’t socially distance, they couldn’t self-isolate. They were terrified and they were right to be.

“The 160 healthcare workers living in DP on the frontlines of the crisis were put at risk, and so were the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

“We saw clusters break out, and huge delays in taking even the small measures the government finally did take. Direct Provision needs to end, and it needs to end now.”

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