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Football For Fiji Island founder, Aleem AL KamalFootball For Fiji Island founder, Aleem AL KamalFOOTBALL For Fiji Island founder Aleem (AL) Kamal passed away at the Royal Columbian Hospital yesterday.

The 52-year-old was the brainchild of the (FFFI) a nonprofit organization that helped underprivileged children in Fiji, with football attires and other sporting goods for over a decade.

Under his ‘All Kids Can Play’ charity, he collected and bought sporting goods and shipped in container loads to Fiji.

Over the years, the benevolent donated more than 1000 pairs of football cleats, and 5000 pairs of football uniforms to Fiji, including Mexico and Africa.

In October of last year, he shipped over $24,000 worth of brand-new sporting goods, during which time the Western District schools in Fiji were the recipients.

Aleem pledged a 90-day cycle for Fiji last year and was in the middle of working on his next shipment cutoff date when he suddenly passed away.

As a passionate footballer, the former Suva resident represented Lautoka O45s football club on the lower mainland.

“Al was an amazing human-being, very humble and down to earth guy”, said Subarmani Reddy, Aleem’s teammate.

“A noble soul gone too soon”.

Aleem also served on the British Columbia Muslim Sports Association board as a former general secretary.

Aleem (AL) kamal leaves behind a legacy of entrepreneurship, kindness, and generosity.

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