Digital money transfer firm raises funds for footballer’s charity

Charity set up by former Premier League star Kanu Nwankwo provides medical treatment to children with heart problems.

Joe Lepper | 26th Dec 18
Kanu Nwankwo

Digital money transfer service Azimo has raised £98,900 to support a children’s charity set up by former Nigerian international footballer Kanu Nwankwo.

The £98,900 has been raised after Azimo made a donation to the Kanu Heart Foundation every time a digital money transfer was made to Nigeria.

The charity helps children with serious cardiac diseases to obtain medical treatment within and outside Nigeria.

Since its launch 18 years ago the charity has funded open heart surgeries for more than 500 children across the world.

Distinguished footballing career

The charity was set up after Kanu Nwankwo suffered heart problems during his footballing career, which included playing in the Premier League for Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth and winning an Olympic gold for Nigeria in 1996.

“A national captain, a gold winner and a key a part of the greatest ever Arsenal side Kanu is one of the most successful and well loved African sportsmen of all time,” said Azimo Chief Executive Officer Michael Kent.

“We are proud to be backing his Heart Foundation charity, which is providing life saving operations for children in need both in Nigeria and across Africa. His dedication to community connections and giving back to society is inspirational and chimes with our own company ethos of helping individuals support loved ones back home.”

Kanu added: “With my experience and privilege, I now want to help children and their families get the support they need for this medical condition, and we can’t do this without community champions like Azimo.”