April 4 2014
Vincent Kompany becomes International Ambassador
Footballer sends world-wide message of support for children
4 April 2014 – Vincent Kompany, captain of Manchester City and Belgian national football teams, has become an International Ambassador for SOS Children's Villages, the world's largest organisation dedicated to providing a loving home for every child in need.
Today, Kompany tweeted: “I accept with pride” in response to a letter nominating him as International Ambassador from Richard Pichler, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages International.
For the past eight years Kompany has been an ambassador of the Belgian SOS Children’s Villages organisation. Commenting on the work of SOS Children's Villages, the 27-year-old father of two said: "No child should grow up alone, without love and a stable home. Yet, sadly over 150 million children experience the fear of being alone, without love, without a family and without safety and stability.” Hear more about Vincent Kompany and SOS Children's Villages here.
“I am proud that in some small way I can help SOS Children's Villages, and I am honoured to be invited to be an International Ambassador for this amazing organisation that makes a real difference to each individual child in need wherever it operates. If my support can help improve the opportunities for children in South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, I pledge to do all I can every day."
Vincent Kompany after playing a game with SOS children in Congo
Kompany says that one of his first tasks in his new role as International Ambassador is to take his messages of support for SOS Children's Villages to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June.
The CEO of SOS Children's Villages, Richard Pichler, commenting on Kompany’s appointment as an International Ambassador, said: "The globe will be tuned in to the World Cup. The Red Devils of Belgium, captained by Vincent Kompany, are very ambitious. We are deeply flattered that he is also part of our team and that he will further develop his understanding of the very positive impact of our work, one child at a time. We deeply appreciate his generosity in visiting children, supporting fundraising campaigns and raising awareness of how our programmes make a real difference."