Statement by Kanoute Foundation
Frédéric Kanouté, founder and president of the Kanouté Foundation, was alerted to the plight of Imraan Adam by the Association of Muslim Footballers.
Imraan, a disabled young Muslim from Derby, was facing the prospect of not being able to fast in Ramadan due to financial reasons. Freddie Kanouté, a Muslim convert, has agreed to pay for the extra care needed to help him fast.
Kanouté, former West Ham and Tottenham striker, is known for such acts of charity including stepping in to save the local mosque in Seville while he was playing for Sevilla FC. He also organised the Champions for Africa charity football matches in Spain raising more than £2m for the benefit of his Kanouté Foundation, Unicef and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Frédéric Kanouté Kanouté said: "Ramadan is a month of charity for Muslims, and helping someone fast is encouraged by the Islamic faith. Helping the less fortunate is a key part of Ramadan. Despite his disability, Imraan Adam wants to fast and now he can. Sometimes people need a little helping hand, and I'm happy to help."
Kanouté Foundation is a charity working in the areas of orphan welfare, education and development. The flagship project of the Kanouté Foundation is the Sakina Children's Village, a unique project to care for the welfare of orphaned and vulnerable children in Mali. For more information please visit www.KanouteFoundation.com