Albion players support Saido in charity initiative
STRIKER Saido Berahino launched a charitable foundation in his name last night to the acclaim of his team-mates – and an Albion goalscoring legend.
Cyrille Regis was among a star-studded audience on London’s Park Lane strip who gathered to pay tribute to his young successor’s fundraising initiative.
Burundi-born Berahino has also joined Regis in becoming an ambassador and keen advocate of WaterAid, the charity which strives to bring vital clean water to some of the globe’s poorest trouble-spots.
It’s a cause close to the heart of Regis, who was awarded an MBE in recognition of his voluntary work, and he was full of praise for the 21-year-old following in his footsteps.
“Well done Saido – you should be very proud of what you have set out to achieve,” he said. “This project will change lives for the better and bring real hope to people who need it most.”
Berahino kept up the fundraising with an auction of a range of prizes – during which team-mate Victor Anichebe even took up the temporary role of auctioneer to help fetch the top price of £1,000 for a coaching session for four with Saido.
Anichebe was joined by Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley, James Morrison, Youssouf Mulumbu and Jonas Olsson as they toasted their young team-mate’s initiative.
Albion director of football administration Richard Garlick was also in attendance while Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme crossed the Black Country divide to show his support for the Albion star.
“I’m very proud to begin this,” said Berahino. “It is very moving to see the struggle my people follow back Burundi. I know I have been blessed to enjoy good fortune and it is right that I try to share that with people who need it most.”
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