BFF ‘Feeding Program’ Amid Lockdown
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) stepped forward with lending its helping hand to support needy people who have been facing difficulties to earn their daily bread since the onset of the pandemic coronavirus.
The government announced countrywide lockdown and banned public gatherings as a part of preventive measures against the spread of pandemic on March 23. The needy people, especially working class people have been facing hard situations amid the crisis. As a part of the social responsibilities, BFF has launched the ‘feeding program’ with a target to provide 300 meals each day at its premises in Motijheel from March 26.
After the 70-day-lockdown, the government has taken decisions on easing lockdown and allowed all offices and businesses to resume operations on a limited scale from May 31 to June 15. But the federation, which has been feeding people for the last two months, has decided to continue its program until the situation becomes normal.
Inspired by BFF’s noble initiative, distinguished personalities extended their helping hands towards the poor and needy people. Among them, English head Coach of Bangladesh National Football team Jamie Day stepped forward first and sponsored expenses of 300 meals on April 1.
Jamie said to the media, “Happy to help people who need it. It’s a small gesture to help and support the public who have supported me since I have been in Bangladesh.”
The governing body of world football also noticed BFF’s initiative and tweeted a post on their official twitter page: “With the Bangladeshi people struggling to get food, the @bff_football have admirably been providing lunch for them On Day 6, ‘Bengal Tigers’ coach @day_jamieday13, leading by example, has revealed he is going to sponsor lunchtime meals tomorrow.”
Then, BFF Technical Director Stuart Paul Watkiss sponsored expenses of meals on April 5, Midfielder of national team and Dhaka Abahani Limited Sohel Rana on April 6, Supporters of Bangladesh Football (SBF) on April 7.
BFF, which had been feeding people mostly from its own fund, also started to distribute Iftar from the first day of holy Ramadan on April 26 and continued it throughout the month.
BFF vice-president and chairman of BFF National Teams Committee Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP joined hands with the federation to distribute Iftar on May 19.
Nabil said, “I think it's really important to stand beside people in times of crisis. I like to stand with our people who are the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am happy to be a part of the food distribution campaign of Bangladesh Football Federation.”
Then, BFF senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy MP, who is also the chairman of BFF Finance Committee and Professional Football League Committee sponsored the expenses of Iftar on May 21.
Chairman of Toma Group and vice president of Noakhali District Awami League Md Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan (Manik) sponsored Iftar on May 22, Former national footballer and Assistant Coach of Bashundhara Kings Abu Faisal Ahmed on May 23, General Secretary of Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society Imteaz Hamid Shobuj on May 25 Eid day provided special lunch.
BFF gives thanks to all its well-wishers for extending their helping hands towards poor and needy people during the crises.