Hearts beat for Duru in Izmir

In the event organized by the Turkish Masters and Veterans Football League Federation (TMVFL) at Göztepe Gürsel Aksel Stadium, TMVFL National Team and Fame Team played a friendly match. In the organization where American singer Della Miles, opera singer Evrim Keskin, and Balkan music master Murat Balkan gave mini-concerts, former football players, coaches, politicians and bureaucrats gave messages, “We are ready to breathe in the struggle for survival where Duru cannot use his muscles. We are one together.” .

In the friendly match where Della Miles kicked off the kick-off, AKP Deputy Chairman and İzmir Deputy Hamza Dağ in the Fame Mix, Ege University Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Budak, Çaykur Rizespor Technical Director Hamza Hamzaoğlu, Altınordu Technical Director Hüseyin Eroğlu, Göztepe Deputy Chairman Talat Papatya and Sporting Manager İlhan Şahin and former football players Hayrettin Demirbaş, Altay Dağdelen, Orhan Üstündağ took part. The captain of the TMVFL National Team was Foça Mayor Fatih Gürbüz. The match ended in a 4-4 draw.


Çaykur Rizespor Technical Director Hamza Hamzaoğlu said, “We are all here for our Duru girl”, “But not only for Duru, of course. Like Duru, we are here for many of our children who are trying to hold on to life right now. We are here to raise awareness. I wish God’s healing to everyone who is waiting for healing. These supports are very important. On this occasion, their families learn that we are with them. They also need support. We are here, always with them. I also send greetings to Duru from here,” he said.

At the end of the match, Hamzaoğlu presented Duru’s mother Özlem Meriç and her father Özgün Meriç with a signed Çaykur Rizespor jersey as a souvenir.


Özlem Meriç, Duru’s mother, stated that it was a very good organization and said, “The effort and dedication made to have Duru’s voice heard made us very emotional and happy. We hope our campaign will end as soon as possible. We want to get Duru treated as soon as possible. In order to receive this treatment, she must be at a certain weight. We give less food in order not to gain weight. It’s a different challenge for me. A mother wants her child to have a full stomach. Duru lies hungry. It fights both SMA and hunger. Let’s save Duru from these tortures. Long live, let’s save it together. “We need everyone who hears our voice to hold their hands tight,” he said.

Father Özgün Meriç said: “We are currently at 74 percent in the campaign. There are very good developments. Thanks to Göztepe Club, it gives great support in this sense. All of these efforts are taking place so that Duru can say ‘Mom, dad’ again. We are a simple family. All we want is for our daughter to get well. We want everyone who hears our voice to be a voice and a breath for Duru.”

TMVFL Federation President Kenan Gürsu also stated that they attach importance to such social responsibility projects as the federation and said, “We will always be involved in these projects. I hope this organization will achieve its purpose, as it did in the previous ones.

The audience in the stands chanted “Stop, you are our everything”.


Those who want to support Minik Duru will be able to contribute 20 TL to the campaign or support the opened bank account by texting “DURU” on their mobile phones and sending a message to 1704.

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.

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