Apr
20
2007
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SOS AMBASSADOR STEPHANE CHAPUISAT

SOS AMBASSADOR STEPHANE CHAPUISAT

Former Swiss international star Stephane Chapuisat was named as an SOS Children’s Villages ambassador at FIFA’s traditional New Year reception in Zurich.
On 10 January, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter welcomed an array of guests from various walks of life including sport, politics, business, media and society to the first reception at the Home of FIFA. Chapuisat retired from football last year after a glittering career as striker, but he was now joined the ranks of over 100 famous players, including Fabio Cannacaro, Samuel Eto’o, Jorginho, Ruud va Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Andriy Shevchenko and Francesco Totti in acting as an ambassador for SOS Chilfren’s Villages by helping to promote the causes and rights of children, teenagers and young adults.
Another former Swiss international, Kubilay Turkyilmaz, will be helping Chapuisat in his new role after Chapuisat, the most successful Swiss footballer of all time, received his ambassador certificate from Blatter and Christine Leimgruber, the managing director of SOS Children’s Villages. “My third daughter was born a month ago,” said Chapuisat. “There are many children all around the world who have to grow up without a family. That is why I am delighted to help promote their cause.” In 2006 FIFA’s support for SOS Children’s Villages totaled EUR 25 million, a figure that helped the organization to construct more than original target of six new villages.

MONEY FOR ZURICH CHILDREN

There was also a pleasant surprise in store for the city of Zurich and its holiday camp in Fiesch (Valais) at the reception. Gerold Lauber, the Zurich city councilor responsible for sport, was delighted to receive a cheque for CHF 40,000 from FIFA General Scretary Urs Linsi. “Zurich is a sports city, or rather a football city, and that will not change,” said Lauber in his thank-you speech. “Nevertheless, I am happy that I am not standing for election this year,” joked Lauber before wishing Joseph S. Blatter the very best of luck with his bid for re-election as FIFA President at the FIFA Congress in Zurich in May.