international, Bubacarr Trawally, has donated assorted foodstuffs, learning
materials and sport gears to the SOS Children’s Village in Bakoteh.
The donation, which took place on Friday, was in honour of a promise the winger made after being presented with a cash prize of $5,000, which came along with his Chinese Super League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
The former Real de Banjul and Hangzhou Greentown winger won the award after an outstanding season in the ongoing Chinese top-flight league, scoring 11 goals in 24 appearances.
The items included bags of rice, sugar, onions, cooking oil, stationery, footballs and volleyballs and an amount of D20, 000, aimed at supporting the upkeep of the children at the Children’s Village.
Steve, as fondly called, cited his love for children as the motivation behind the donation “I love children and I was touched when I visited the SOS Children’s Village for the first time.”
“I strongly believe this gesture will serve as a worthy motivation. I believe in life, you always have to look after other people as well and not only yourself. I can say this won’t be the last time I will be going to SOS, I will try to regularly make this kind of donation and more from now on to the Children’s Village.”
He added: “The concept of SOS appeals me because I believe in the strength that having a family gives children. I know how important it is giving children a feeling of belonging and warmth play in their lives.”
Mrs. Haddy Njie Touray, the Village Director of SOS, thanked the Yanbian Funde for the kind gesture, as she encouraged others to emulate him.
She them implored the benefactor to keep supporting the Village, either in cash or in kind and also make regular visits when in The Gambia.
“Young people nowadays listen to young people like them and that’s why we will be delighted if you can always come back when free to speak to the kids,” Mrs. Njie Touray remarked.
In a similar venture, the Scorpions international also visited the offices of Think Young Women, a young women-led non-profit organisation that aims to inspire the next generation of young women leaders for holistic development and positive transformation of society.
Impressed with their work, the 22-year-old forward decided to make a cash donation of $500, which was presented to the National Coordinator of TYW, Musu Bakoto Sawo.
The donation was in support of the organisation’s #TYW4Girls Mentorship Programme on sexual and reproductive health with the girls, as some of them are faced with challenges during menstruation.
“I was impressed with their work and the things they are doing for the young women in the country,” Steve said of his visit.
“They came up with a good idea for the organization. Women are our mothers and sisters, so we should help them to be good future leaders and I think I will be supporting them as well, because it’s a good initiative and set up.”
The 5ft 11.5 ins attacker will be making a donation to two other charities before returning to China later in the week to help Yanbian, who are currently second from bottom on the Super League table, in their relegation fight.