West Ham Striker Carlton Cole hosted a charity auction in London to raise funds for his charity “Football Fighting Ebola.”
Amongst those who attended the intimate yet star studded event were MLS players, Kings Sierra Leone Partnership medical star, singers Suga Lulu and Alonzo, the newly crowned Miss SL UK, and designer George Hamilton. Alonzo gave a performance at the event.
Some of the items on auction included framed artwork by world famous graffiti artist ‘Banksy’. The funds raised will support the work of King’s Sierra Leone Partnership. Cole says that he wants to ensure that the British public does not forget about the deadly disease which has claimed over 10,000 lives in the Mano River Union.
“It’s not just about right now, either. It’s about the future for Sierra Leone, too. To help get the country back on its feet and try to move on,” said Cole whose mother hails from Sierra Leone
Though he can’t travel to Sierra Leone now, Cole hopes to visit in November.
“I have always wanted to make a difference. That’s either in you or it’s not – you can’t force it – and that’s my attitude to life. It is my mum’s country, and therefore my family’s country. So one day I will start doing more stuff over there. But that’s not to think about just now. That one’s for the future.”
Pictures from the event below.