The AFC Ajax and Cameroon national team goalkeeper will donate 1% of his salary to improve the lives of visually impaired young people in Cameroon.
André Onana and the André Onana Foundation have joined the Common Goal movement. Onana becomes the first Cameroonian member of Common Goal. He will donate 1% of his salary to the movement, making him one of the leading African voices in this collective effort.
André was very clear from the beginning about his vocation to help blind children in situations of orphanhood, because for him, they are the most vulnerable: “In Cameroon, where I come from, it is very difficult to survive if you have no parents, but even more so if you have no parents and you are blind. That’s why it’s so clear to me that I want to help visually impaired children through Common Goal”. “I know the reality there, and that’s why I want to give them a little bit of happiness.”
After a very difficult year for André, both personally and professionally, he has decided to put an end to it with an action full of positivism: “This year was very difficult for me, but it is important to end it with a good taste in my mouth and in the best way possible: helping others”.
Despite becoming the latest player to join the movement, André’s philanthropic work does not start now. He has already been working with his own foundation for some time.
About Common Goal:
Common Goal was founded in 2017, when Manchester United and Spain international Juan Mata became the first member to donate 1% of his salary to support a collective fund that invests in organisations that use football to change lives.
Since then, it has continued to grow, with over 200 players of 46 nationalities now taking part, including names such as Jürgen Klopp, Paulo Dybala, Dani Olmo, Pernille Harder, Vivianne Miedema and Giorgio Chiellini.
The effort has also been joined by more football industry players such as UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, Danish Super League club FC Nordsjaelland, USL club Oakland Roots or big brands such as adidas and DAZN.
The movement has generated more than €4 million which has been invested in initiatives that use football as a tool for social transformation. Common Goal’s long-term goal is to positively impact the lives of 100 million young people by 2030.