Vincent Kompany will mark 10 years as a Manchester City player by having a testimonial match in August 2019 and plans to donate all of the profits to one of the city’s leading causes.
In collaboration with Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, Kompany has set up ‘Tackle4MCR’ which wants to end homelessness in Manchester by 2020.
And every penny of profit from a testimonial planned next year, minus running costs, will go towards making sure every rough sleeper in the city has a bed to sleep in.
The inspirational captain said at an event on Wednesday night: “I’ve received much from Manchester: a great career at the highest level, unconditional support from the fans through thick and thin, a lovely family and so much more to be grateful for.
“Over the past decade I’ve been lucky to have witnessed and played a part in Manchester City’s rise as a club and a brand. This has also run parallel alongside the rise of a whole region.
“However, with this spectacular rise, comes a very visible downside: more and more people are left out of and have no access to the benefits of the rapid development, often leaving them no choice but to end up on the streets.”
A number of businesses and individuals are lining up to help ‘Tackle4MCR’ and Burnham already donates 15% of his salary to the Homelessness Fund, which all money raised by ‘Tackle4MCR’ will go towards.
As we like to sing… here’s to you, Vincent Kompany…