27.05.2015 / For immediate release
World’s top footballers help raise £300k for Senegal at Human Appeal charity dinner
A glitzy charity dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, London, saw footballing legends unite for charity Human Appeal to tackle poverty in Senegal on Monday night.
The Gala Dinner, hosted by Human Appeal, one of the UK's fastest growing charities, was attended by Premier League stars past and present, including: Demba Ba (Besiktas, formerly Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Samuel Eto’o (Sampdoria, formerly Chelsea), Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Diomansy Kamara (Cantanzato, formerly Fulham) and the retired Paul Canoville (Chelsea’s first ever black player).
Over 600 people came together to help raise money for the Empire of the Children project, which supports homeless children in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Anta M’Bow, the founder of the project, said on stage alongside Senegal International Demba Ba, who is one of the biggest supporters of the campaign and who was celebrating his 30th birthday on the night, “Children belong at home with their parents, not on the streets by themselves. I will fight until my last breath to get these children into safe environments.”
The fundraising on the night saw donations and pledges reach £300,000. Demba said: “Thank you Human Appeal and the generous donors. What an event – because of you, children will live a better life.”
Othman Moqbel, Human Appeal’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have arranged such a pioneering and successful event alongside Demba Ba. To have the likes of Eden Hazard, voted the PFA Players’ Player of the Year winner and others like Samuel Eto’o, African’s most decorated football player of all time, supporting our charity was a proud moment for us. But, most importantly, the money raised will help prevent vulnerable young people having to survive on the streets of Dakar."
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