IVORY COAST and Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha won an award in the Philanthropic Endeavour category in the Best of Africa (BoA) Awards for his charity work in Africa, which includes giving 10% of his wages to charitable causes.
Held at the Rosewood Hotel in central London, the occasion attracted star names such such as Rio Ferdinand, Danny Welbeck, Chris Hughton, Stormzy and Akala among others.
On receiving his award, Zaha said:”I’ve got a big family and I feel that unity is a big thing so I could use my platform to help people back home.”
“I’ve given 10% of my wages, from my first wage, back home to anyone that doesn’t have anything, anyone less fortunate, the mothers who are just by themselves.
“I help my sister’s orphanage, called Tamara’s Hope, so I take care of it basically.
“So all these kids that have nothing, it takes care of them and it brings me joy knowing that I do that, I help those people in life day-to-day.
“I don’t do it for the accolades or anything. People assume I just play here [in England] and all I do is here but I care about my country and I’ll do as much as I can. The main thing is, it’s from the heart and I do it for my country and that’s all that matters to me.”