Celebrity football games help children with heart disease in Maldives

Two fund-raising football matches featuring Maldivian celebrity players are being organised by Tiny Hearts, a local NGO, to help children with congenital heart disease, reports Haveeru.

Coaches were assigned to the four teams during an inaugural ceremony held at Holiday Inn, Male. Men and women television presenters, actors and vocalists would play in the games, said Fiunaz Mohamed, a member of the organisation. Tiny Hearts has scheduled the matches for 9 July to raise funds for surgery for around 20 children with heart defects, she said, because their families are unable to afford the costly operations.

Donation boxes would be set up at Galolhu National Stadium and tickets are on sale.

Tiny Hearts was established by the parents of a child who died of congenital heart disease. The organisation has identified 125 similar cases in Maldives.