Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City has made a charitable donation to people who need help in Indonesia. Gundogan’s donation will feed 3000 Indonesians in need, claim Manchester Evening Sport.
Gundogan was raised in Germany by Turkish parents. And he has teamed up with Manchester City supporters and in Indonesia to feed those in need of sustenance.
Setting out with an idea to help people out, Gundogan’s donation will feed 3000 Indonesians in need of food during Ramadan.
The City star has thus especially timed his generosity to correspond with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
An entire month of fasting is hard enough without having no food to break your fast with at the end of each day. Gundogan recognizes this and his donation may help several people to uphold their faith with full stomachs.
Along with these meals, Gundogan has also sent gifts, which include City shirts with his number eight.
City’s Fans in Indonesia
The meals as well as the gifts are being delivered by an Indonesian supporters’ group of the City club.
Endri Waluyo, the president of the MCSCI, didn’t believe it was really Gundogan staring back at him over Zoom but was thrilled to see the difference that they were able to make together.
“I was very happy to hear about the activity plan because we are fellow Muslims and we think this is a very positive activity for all of us in the month of Ramadan when we have to do more charity,” he told M.E.N Sport.
“I immediately accepted and shared it, including going directly to the streets and the foundation. They were very surprised to hear that the activities we were doing were all funded by Gundogan. The crowd prayed for Ilkay’s future success.
“He’s one of my favourite players, after David Silva. Ilkay is in the spotlight in our community, especially after this activity. We often discuss his kindness with our colleagues all over Indonesia.”
Kindness on and off the Pitch
Gundogan made a conscious effort over the past year, struck by the pandemic, to support communities close to his heart.
At the height of the first wave of the pandemic, the 30-year-old arranged for care packages. These went to health workers and the elderly near his family home in Gelsenkirchen.
He has also auctioned off several items including shirts worn in matches to help the hospitality industry in Manchester.
His kindness and compassion carry through on the pitch as well.
Even as his City teammates celebrated winning the EFL Cup on Sunday, Gundogan stopped to console his rival Son Heung-min. Son was in tears over Tottenham losing the Cup and Gundogan squatted down beside him to comfort him.