20.05.2015 / For immediate release
Demba Ba marks 30th birthday by helping street-children in Senegal
On Monday 25 May, footballer Demba Ba will host a gala reception in London to raise funds for a Centre for street children in Senegal. The event, which falls on his 30th birthday, will see Demba Ba ask friends and supporters to donate to the Centre instead of buying him birthday presents. The Centre, the Empire of the Children, is run with the support of humanitarian aid charity Human Appeal.
Every night, homeless children in Senegal sleep rough on the streets where they face constant danger and exploitation. Based in Senegal's capital city, Dakar, the Empire of the Children is run from a former open air cinema. The Centre takes in vulnerable children aged 5 to 16, offering them accommodation, educational and social support. They have asked Demba Ba and Human Appeal to help them build a new, bigger, permanent home for the organisation, which will enable even more children to be helped.
The reception will also be attended by Demba Ba’s fellow footballers: Samuel Eto’o Fils, Eden Michael Hazard, John Terry, Diomansy Kamara, Abou Diaby, Colin Nell and Emdaad Rahman have confirmed their attendance.
Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal, said:
“We are delighted that Demba Ba is giving up not only his time, but his birthday, for this extremely important project. Demba’s gift will improve the lives of many children in Senegal, not only by protecting them from the dangers of the street, but also by providing them with the education and support to build a brighter future.”
Demba Ba said:
“I have been involved with Empire of the Children for some time now, and during numerous visits to the project I have seen how it has developed over the years. Originally a small project helping only a handful of boys, the Centre now takes in girls and vulnerable women too. It really does transform lives in a country where there is no safety net for the poorest people in society. I cannot think of a better way to spend my birthday than helping the Centre grow.”
Journalists who are interested in attending the event should contact Charlotte Morris on 0161 225 0225
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Notes to editors
Demba Ba plays as a striker for Besiktas and the Senegal national team. He was born in Paris in 1985 to Senegalese migrants. He made his debut with the French team, Rouen, in 2005 before moving to Mouscron and onto 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany in 2007. He later moved to the English Premier League playing for West Ham United, Newcastle United and then Chelsea before joining Besiktas.
Human Appeal (www.humanappeal.org.uk) is one of the UK’s fastest growing charities. With a presence in 25 countries, spanning Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, we help in times of crisis and we deliver sustainable development programmes in the world’s poorest nations.
For more information contact Charlotte Morris on 0161 225 0225