Today there will be a special football tournament in Turkey to raise money for the families who lost fathers, sons and husbands in May’s tragic mining disaster in Soma.

Altogether 301 men lost their lives in the western province and many families are now dependent on charity to survive.

The tournament will see Chelsea play Turkish teams Fenerbache and Besiktas in three 45 minute high intensity games.

John Terry will be playing on the Chelsea side and was quoted on the official Chelsea FC website as saying he is proud Chelsea are participating in todays charity tournament in Istanbul, Turkey to help raise funds for the families of those who suffered as a result of the Soma mining disaster.

He said

‘First and foremost us going there is to support the charity and the families that suffered,’ said Terry. ‘From that aspect it’s for a great cause. From the club’s perspective it sends the right message that we’re supporting and going there to hopefully help the families.

‘It tells you about the power of football. Regardless of what happens in football, what team you support, there are certain things in life when everyone comes together.

‘It’s an opportunity for not only Chelsea but the other sides involved as well to come together and hopefully raise some money for the families and show we all support this cause.’

The unusual format of the tournament is centred on three 45-minute matches. Our hosts Fenerbahce play Besiktas in the first game, before it is our turn to feature, first against Fenerbahce and then Besiktas.

Fethiye Are Firm Supporters of the Appeal Too

The people of Fethiye have been very active in fundraising for the Soma miners appeal fund raising over 45,000 Turkish Lira (£13,000) in the first wave of fundraising in May this year – full details in this article

A group from Fethiye called ‘Soma Tomorrow’ have continued fundraising to support the families from a small hamlet where eleven men died in the disaster. You can read more about that in our Soma Tomorrow to continue to support families of the Soma mining disaster.