You may know him as the talisman of the Chelsea attack and terroriser of opposition defenders but being a world-class footballer isn't all that Didier Drogba
is about. Last year, for example, he was included in the annual Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People In The World
list alongisde the likes of Steve Jobs, Lady Gaga and Steve Jobs.
To quote the article, "At the 2006 World Cup, his homeland ravaged by civil war, he organized a statement from the Elephants, as the Ivorian national team is referred to, calling for peace. Many credit the ensuing calm for allowing reconciliation to begin. At a match last March, 22 Ivorians were killed in the crush to see their beloved heroes play. After the game, Drogba resolved to donate every dollar he earns from endorsements to a charity he set up to build new hospitals in the country."
That charity is the Didier Drogba Foundation
, and last December they enlisted Icons' help to provide signed memorabilia for their annual charity auction. The night raised £300,000 to go towards Didier's new hospital in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and some of the items on the night remained unsold. These products come from the biggest names in world sport: Usain Bolt
, Rafa Nadal
and Andy Murray
, plus items from Didier's friends and colleagues at Chelsea
like Nicolas Anelka
and Theo Walcott
. We're proud to be able to list these items on our website and all proceeds from their sale go back to this great cause.
For more information, or to donate, to the DDF, check out their website
. You'll also see the photos of the 50 plus memorabilia items that were available to bid for on the night. If your charity wants to work with icons
get in touch.