27th January, Location Salle des Fetes du Sippelberg, Avenue du Sippelberg 1, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, during the Sports Merit Award (from 18.00 hrs).
Today we launch the official release of the song “Change Our Game”, which also marks the start of the song contest.
The song can be purchased online and the revenues will go to the victims of the terroristic attacks in Brussels (via Life for Brussels) and to the PlayandPeace project in Molenbeek (50/50).
Online purchasing song: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelschotanus
The Ministers Sven Gatz and Fadila Laanan are invited for the official launch of the music competition for Brussel, Belgium and world. Together with Mbo Mpenza and the family Lahlali the official ceremony will take place. Also a delegation of the victims of the 22nd of March will be present.
What is it about?
The song “Change Our Game” was written following the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016. The song is about ourselves (human beings), who want in essence the same thing: “Peaceful and prosperous life together.” This is what we wish each other every time at the beginning of a New Year. The musicians invite people in the song to participate in the making of “Change Our Game” by reflecting and finding a positive joint way of living together in peace. Away from the polarization!
• ‘Aren’t we all like little drops, of one and the same kind’
• ‘For if the world is changing, we must change our game’
• ‘If true winning is not against, but with each other’
• ‘So let us walk the road that leads, to unity in diversity’
In the music video “Change Our Game”, the colours of the city of Brussels (yellow and blue) are coming to life. If these colours come together then the city will be united. This is represented by Soufiane – (yellow jacket) and Nouhad Lahlali (blue jacket). They are the children of Abdallah Lahlali and Lou Loubna. Abdallah Lahlali was severely wounded at Zaventem airport. The love and support given to the family Lahlali from their surroundings is a force that helps them to move forward. However this remains a difficult task. More information about the song can be found in the additional attachment.
A song contest is linked to the song and we invite schools, youth organisations and citizens to join in. As an individual, a group (class) or more groups (classes) are challenged to perform their own interpretation of (part of) the song. The contest provides a platform for people to join the call for living together in peace and to work towards fraternisation.
Contributions can be send to email@example.com (please send big files via WeTransfer), until the 24th March 2017. The winners will receive each 500 Euro’s (three price categories).
Abdallah Lahlali: https://www.facebook.com/vrtpano/videos/10155737544544625/
Please find the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uos_iclsAg
Please find hereby the link to the audio song: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelschotanus
NOT FOR PUBLICATION – CONTACT
Unico van Kooten et Ahmed Larouz (co-initiators PlayandPeace/ contact persons for the day) :
firstname.lastname@example.org , www.playandpeace.com
Victims of terroristic attacks in BXL – LIFE FOR BRUSSELS :
Contact person : Jamila Adda: email@example.com
City Molenbeek-Saint-Jean: Press office: Mustafa Er : firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the partners:
PlayandPeace is a platform created after the terrible attacks in Brussels (March 2016). The purpose of the project is to realize a Cruyff Court in Molenbeek. In doing so, train young Molenbekers (trainers) in the 14 life rules of Johan Cruyff (derived from the universally well-known sport rules). To give these trainers the tools to bring together hard-to-reach young people on the Cruyff Court. Thereby creating new opportunities for these young people to come into contact with the 14 life rules of Johan Cruyff, which are also important for their further life. In addition the trainers are rewarded for their challenging job by connecting them to companies which are linked to the project (develop possible prospect of a job in the future).
With this project PlayandPeace wants to promote new concepts that can contribute to the physical health and sporting & social mentality of our youth in Brussels. PlayandPeace has organized a music contest to give citizens the opportunity to participate in the project as well. This international music contest will run for 4 months and ends on the 70th year of birth of Johan Cruyff (25 April 2017). The proceeds of the ChangeOurGame song will go to the project and the Organization of the victims in Brussels (50/50) and can be bought for a few euros via online platforms such as Spotify and iTunes. We hope that European citizens and in particular many Brussels residents will join in.
JOHAN CRUYFF FOUNDATION
The Johan Cruyff Foundations gets young people exercising so they can play together and grow in their development; because active children move up. Sports and play improves the fitness of the children, teaches them to get along, and helps them to develop. Through Cruyff Courts, Schoolplein14, and sports projects for children with a disability we want to motivate children to get active.
We help keep thousands of children all over the world active every week. The Johan Cruyff Foundation is supported by several partners: the Dutch National Postcode Lottery, AkzoNobel, Seacon Logistics, Unilever, COOP Supermarkets, and the People’s Postcode Lottery.
A Cruyff Court is an interpretation of the timeless neighbourhood football pitch, updated for the modern age: a place where people can come to incorporate principles like respect, health, integration, self-improvement, and playing together into their daily lives. There are more than 200 Cruyff Courts located across the world.
CRUYFF COURT MBO PENZA IN MOLENBEEK WITH THE SUPPORT OF BRITISH TELECOM
Since 2011 BT has been supporting the Johan Cruyff Foundation focusing on the Foundation’s community program Heroes of the Cruyff Court. The program aims to empower young people to organise their own local sports events on a Cruyff Court, to become a role model for their community and to stay involved with the Cruyff Court. Next to financial contributions – from employee fundraising activities – many BT employees are volunteers at Cruyff Foundation events.
In 2014 BT, the Cruyff Foundation and the City of Mechelen opened the first Cruyff Court in Belgium, in Mechelen. We continued our support to this project with training of coaches for the Heroes of the Cruyff Court program, sports materials and in 2016 BT employees raised the budget for a water tap on the pitch with the BT Challenge fundraising cycling tour.
Fabrice De Windt, CEO BT Benelux: “We are committed to being a purposeful, responsible business. We are proud of the years of cooperation with the Cruyff Foundation and the positive impact of the program in Mechelen. Therefore we would like to support the PlayandPeace initiative with a financial contribution for the Cruyff Court in Molenbeek and support the YouTube campaign ‘Change our Game’”.
LIFE FOR BRUSSELS
“Thanks to the victim support association, which will soon see the day, we wish to help the families of the lost or injured by bringing them some emotional support and most of all let them know that they are not alone. We wish to thank PlayandPeace for their support and generosity. 50 % of the benefits from the song will be donated to our association in order to help the victims.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU !”