The money raised here goes to the RheinFlanke, a not-for-profit patroned by Lukas Podolski. „The RheinFlanke youth club in Gremberghoven, Cologne, is a center for strong social work - especially between residents and refugees“, the football star says. The youth club is in desperate need for renovation though and the funds raised will allow to either renovate the building or built a new facility elsewhere. The next door football pitch also facilitates integration; located right next to a refugee home, it will be place for new friendships and networking. "I strongly believe that football has the unique power to bring together and unite people of different cultures and religions in spite of borders and languages.”, Lukas says. Additionally and in corporation with the City of Cologne, the donations will help secure a permanent staff position.
LUKAS PODOLSKI ABOUT HIS FOUNDATION:
Which course your path takes depends on many things: family and friends, having a mind of your own and using your own initiative, the support of others, and, of course, a bit of luck and whether you stay healthy. But it also always has to do with chances. The chances that you get, and the chances that you seize.
As you know, my life has taken a smooth path. But for many, this is not so.How can you seize a chance if you never get a chance in the first place?! Football and the great fortune of having a professional career have allowed me a privileged life, but I’ve never forgotten where I came from. The desire to give back is huge – and I’d like to do so through the Lukas Podolski Foundation.
Above all, I want to give prospects to socially disadvantaged kids. The chances at a good life are not evenly distributed. They depend on which country and which social class people are born into. It’s unfair and I’m fighting against this. I want to use my abilities and my celebrity status to bring attention to this situation and, through my foundation, to collect funds for sports and educational projects.
My foundation enables those who want to join together with me to help support our work and our projects. I guarantee that 100% of every donation goes into the work of my foundation and supports projects which demonstrably help socially disadvantaged children and young people find their way through sports and education.
Here on the foundation website, we especially want to show you what can be done and what we can all achieve together! I appreciate each and every one of you who choose to join us. There is still so much to do – and you can help!
Yours, Lukas Podolski