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FIFPro was present at the second edition of the Didier Drogba Foundation’s charity ball on December 4th in London’s Grosvenor House. The Chelsea star raised more than 300,000 euro in order to accomplish his dream: to build a hospital in Abidjan, in his native country Ivory Coast.


The Didier Drogba Foundation was created in 2007. The striker of Chelsea and Ivory Coast wants to help African children. ‘They are still left out and almost forgotten on the road to progress, especially when we talk about health and education.’ Drogba’s goal is to develop more and more structures to give people basis healthcare and education.


After the success of the 2009 Charity Ball, the Didier Drogba Foundation organized a second edition. There was an auction of all sorts of memorabilia, like sports gear from famous sportsmen like tennis stars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, basketball icons Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, and of course football greats like Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres, David Beckham and Diego Maradona. Much to Drogba’s delight, the auction raised well over 300,000 euro.


Among the guests, like footballers from Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham and various famous music artists, were FIFPro board member Bobby Barnes and FIFPro Division Europe board member Tony Higgins, who represented FIFPro at the charity ball. Barnes and Higgins were very impressed by the commitment of Didier Drogba, who is also honorary president of FIFPro Division Africa.


Higgins remarked: 'I am not surprised that Didier is heading a foundation of this nature. We know by the sterling support he gives to FIFPro in Africa that he always has taken a positive view of his responsibilities to players and people less fortunate than himself.'


Drogba himself was also greatly pleased with the event. ‘I'm so happy that everybody could come’, he admitted afterwards in an emotional speech. ‘But the fight, to provide financial and material support in both health and education to the African people, is not over.’