His Cameroonians fans might still be dissatisfied after he led the Lions in a Shambolic 5-1 thrashing by Portugal in a world Cup preparation friendly but Cameroon attacker Samuel Eto’o Fils brought smiles to five charities shortlisted for his 33rd birthday 15.000 Euros bonanza.
The Over three million fans of the Chelsea and Cameroonian football star will now have to cast votes to select which of the five shortlisted charities wins the 7.500 Euros in the charity category of the award. Another 7500 Euros will be awarded to any individual who presents a project that could be funded but Eto’o Fils has announced on his official Facebook page he will not be naming the lucky recipient of the award to protect the identity of the winner.
Fans still have until March 10th, the day of Eto’s birthday to submit their entries to win in the individual category. Announcing the awards earlier, Samuel Eto’o said he wanted to extend a helping hand to fans at the start of a new year and was also sharing his good fortune with them for supporting him throughout his career.
Before naming the five shortlisted charities, Samuel Eto’o acknowledged on his Facebook page; “ I have received an incredible number of projects. I was very happy to read all of them. And I thank you for having participated”.
The five shortlisted charities are, Allcamers, a charity co-founded by Cameroonian born Brice Bertin now resident in Canada. It helps orphans and reintegrates minors imprisoned at the notorious Kondengui maximum security prison in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde. His project that caught the eye of the sponsor is intended to help provide minors locked up in Kondengui with basic amenities like toothbrushes and other toiletries. The project will also help them reintegrate into society after they are released from prison.
Burkina Faso based health organization Ajuda’m to viure, was selected for presenting a project that will help rehabilitate a one story maternity unit in Guiba village that needs urgent repairs and some equipment. Sudanese born US resident John Dau submitted a project of the John Dau foundation to provide medical facilities looted from the Duk Lost Boy’s Clinic by rebels following the recent fighting in South Sudan.
Based in France, MPD is a charity that works in Cameroon, Gabon and Congo. They were shortlisted because of heir present project to build or renovate libraries in Douala, Libreville and Pointe Noire. This the say will give youths supplementary education that could help them in adult life. The Bureau International Catholique De L’enfance (BICE) is an Abidjan (Ivory Coast) based organization that submitted a project to help fund the education and recreational activities youths in the Abidjan municipality.
Not surprisingly, there have been mixed reactions from across the world after Samuel Eto’o, one of the richest footballers on earth announced the awards. While a vast majority of his fans welcomed his benevolent gesture, some said they are more interested in seeing him perform his football magic on a football pitch for team and country. Jose Mourinho, Coach of Chelsea recently showed he was not entirely satisfied with Samuel Eto’os performing on the pitch though the Cameroon international scored a hat trick when Chelsea defeated Manchester United, the struggling English premiership title holders.
Fans of the football star must now inbox which of the above five charities they want to win the coveted 7500 Euros and must do so by March 10th 2014. More than 100.000 new fans have now added the star as friends on their Facebook page since he announced the awards a week ago.