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Mavromoustakos’ charity football match for African kids in need returns to Sydney in 2024

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Brothers, Yianni and Chrisos Mavromoustakos will once again be going head-to-head to raise money for African children in need at the 5th annual Charity Football Match on Sunday, 14 January, 2024 from 5pm.

The charity match will be held at the Seymour Shaw Stadium in the Sydney suburb of Miranda, and will see the brothers and their respective teams battle it out to be crowned football champions.

Funds raised on the day will go towards Paradise 4 Kids – a charity set up to support the critical missionary work of Greek Australian Fr Themi Adamopoulos in Africa.

Ahead of the event, The Greek Herald spoke with Yianni and Chrisos to hear all about what people can expect on the day.

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Yianni Mavromoustakos (right) at last year’s charity football match. Photo copyright: The Greek Herald / Andriana Simos.

How did the idea for a Charity Football Match come about?

We are passionate about a number of things, including sport, community and charity. We came up with the idea of combining these passions in a meaningful way and bringing together the community in the process. We realised that a Charity Football Match would provide for the perfect platform to unite people and help us help those in need. 

Who are you raising money for on the day? Why have you chosen this charity?

We will be raising funds for Paradise 4 Kids, which is a truly unique charity. Paradise 4 Kids is a full volunteer program helping those in dire need of food, clothing and education, supporting Father Themi’s crucial work in Africa. They aim to help orphans find a home, keep children in school, and keep the poor off the street through every donation they receive.

We are flabbergasted with the goodness of Father Themi and the immense impact he has had on African communities and are grateful to support his work. Paradise 4 Kids also ensures that almost all funds are contributed towards charitable works with the small amount remaining used only for administrative purposes.

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The brothers will fight it out for the 2024 trophy.

What can people expect on the day of the match?

The Charity Match is a truly unique day for everybody in the community. There will, of course, be our marquee football match, but we don’t stop there. The idea is to bring the community together in a harmonious fashion, predicating a truly uplifting atmosphere. Last year, we had over $5000 worth of raffle prizes including a 12-month gym membership, and once again this year there will be a huge range of prizes on offer. There will be free food, free entry, commentary, performances and so much more. The event appeals to all ages and our door is wide open for anybody that would like to attend.

What will make this year’s event different from all the rest?

This year will be the first year that will include guest and celebrity appearances, both on and off the pitch. There will also an exciting range of new prizes, hot and fresh BBQ cooked by our father who owns BBQOVENS.com.au, and our growing Charity Match community. And so much more…

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

In 2023, we raised enough funds to feed, clothe and educate 75 children living in extreme poverty. For an entire year. We run this event because we know the importance of the funds raised and appreciate the community’s support in this event. 

We are always looking for support in the form of donations (including raffle prizes), guest appearances and sponsorships, so please do reach out to us as we have already partnered with over 25 brands and businesses to date. This is all for the sake of the charity and if it can help a local business in the process too, then we are all for it. Everyone wins!

We would love to see new faces there, so drop us a line via Instagram @CharityMatchOfficial and let us know if you have any questions. Don’t be shy and see you all there!

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