Heart4More Foundation founder Tobi Alabi inspires audience at AtTheMatch March Networking Event
AtTheMatch and our contacts in the business and sport industries rejoined once again for our monthly networking event, held at the Nelson Bar in London, on Thursday 17th March.
It was an evening of inspiration and motivation as Heart4More Foundation founder Tobi Alabi shared his emotional and life-changing story to a packed room.
The event, in support of the Heart4More Foundation’s upcoming Gala Dinner on May 1st, brought together a mixture of individuals and organisations from the business and sport industry.
Those in attendance enjoyed networking with like-minded individuals from organisations including PTL Travel, Dulwich Hamlet FC, ACLT, Sports Shield, ClubApp, Play For Change, Hoodiebuddie, Swaggarlicious, Morning Star Newspaper and Crystal Palace FC footballer Reise Allassani to name a few.
Former professional footballer Tobi took the audience back to October 15th 2013, when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field of play during a football match. Tobi spoke honestly to the 40-strong crowd of his ordeal but most importantly how he overcame being forced to retire at the age of 19.
The ex Millwall player inspired the networkers on turning an obstacle into a positive as he explained how, and why, he founded the Heart4More Foundation, which counts Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin as its active ambassador.
A lively Q&A with the audience followed, with many probing Tobi on the lack of awareness for heart conditions, his own condition of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and what football's governing bodies are doing to prevent further high-profile potential tragedies such as Fabrice Muamba.
AtTheMatch founder Simon Maurer said: “Our March Networking Event proved to be another success with a new and diverse group of individuals from the business and sport industries networking with each other and existing AtTheMatch members.
“Networking events are there to leave with a useful contact or two but it’s not often to also leave inspired and motivated to achieve your goals and come back from adversity. That’s what every single person at The Nelson did as Tobi shared his remarkable and emotional story.
“It’s an honour to be involved with Tobi and to use the Networking Event to promote the work of the Heart4More Foundation as well as the upcoming Gala Dinner.”
Heart4More Foundation founder Tobi Alabi said: “I thought tonight’s event was great, it was an opportunity for me to tell a lot more people about the Heart4More Foundation.
“It was good to engage with some new people that I’ve never met before. Just like the last AtTheMatch networking event I attended when Jason Roberts was the guest speaker, I made useful contacts that we can engage with and help as well.”
Our third networking event of the year continued on from our successful start to 2016, which saw Jason Roberts captivate the audience in February.
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