PETALING JAYA: Two of Malaysia’s top bands will be facing off this Saturday in a blind football match, but it’ll be all for a good cause.
Indie rockers Kyoto Protocol and Bunkface will be playing each other - completely blindfolded - alongside the Harimau Buta national blind football team at the Eye On The Ball: Bola Buta Challenge, which aims to raise support for the Malaysian blind football community.
Other top Malaysian celebrities, including YouTuber Jinnyboy, comedian Harith Iskander, and actress Ummi Nazeera, will also be playing celebrity matches as part of the Bulan Sukan Negara festival outside Bukit Jalil Stadium.
“When you know there is a Malaysian team giving our country a good name, it was a no-brainer for us to lend our support,” said Bunkface lead vocalist Shamsul Annuar.
“We’d also like to thank the team for their passion and commitment!”
The event is open to all members of the public, who will also get to experience blind football for free after the celebrity matches at 9am.
“I think the blind football team is very impressive, and playing with them will be an exercise in empathy” said Kyoto Protocol frontman Fuad Alhabshi.
“I’m not sure what we’re in for, but I want to experience what it’s like for someone going through a relatively hard life compared to the cushy one we take for granted.”
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The Bola Buta Challenge is being held in conjunction with Eye On The Ball, a cinema film produced by the award-winning R.AGE team and presented by Star Media Group and CIMB Foundation. It is set to be released in Malaysian cinemas this December.
The film tells the inspiring story of the Harimau Buta’s quest to reach the World Cup of blind football, and is set to be released in Malaysian cinemas this December, having already premiered at the Aperture festival in London, Manchester, and Newcastle.
This Saturday, members of the public will also get the chance to win goodie bags and prizes from Starbucks and Inside Scoop up for grabs.
Bulan Sukan Negara is an initiative by the Youth and Sports Ministry, and will be officiated by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Over 75 activities will be carried out throughout the day, including a carnival aimed at inspiring disabled Malaysians to be more active, zumba, and a taekwondo exhibition.
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* Eye On The Ball is a campaign by Star Media Group, R.AGE and CIMB Foundation to support the Malaysian blind football community. Find out more at www.eyeontheballfilm.com
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