Chelsea's Didier Drogba donates £3 million to help build African hospital

12 November 2009 10:09
According to a report in the Mail, Drogba has asked for the fee, which he will receive for becoming the new face of Pepsi, to be invested straight into the project which is due to be fully operational by the end of 2010.

It also claims that Chelsea have agreed to donate their percentage of the money which they would have received as part of the image rights in Drogba's contract.

 Related ArticlesChelsea's Jose Bosingwa out for three monthsBallack's shock over EnkeDrogba withdraws from Ivory Coast squadJohn Terry: Liverpool out of title raceChelsea confident Ashley Cole will return quicklySport on televisionThe hospital is part of the Didier Drogba Foundation - set up by the 31 year-old last year - and as well as being able to accommodate upwards of 200 patients the centre will also serve as an orphanage.

Drogba set up the foundation two years ago but it was a visit to a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan that prompted his decision to back the project.

"When I visited a hospital in Abidjan this year, I was shocked by the terrible conditions," he said. "We hear about all the incurable diseases, but these kids are just as likely to die from diabetes because there is no insulin available.

"It was then I decided the Foundation's first project should be to build and fund a hospital giving people basic healthcare and a chance just to stay alive."

Source: Telegraph