Herzogenaurach, Germany, January 19th, 2006 – Today PUMA announced a charitable partnership with UNITED FOR AFRICA, at the 2006 African Cup of Nations in Cairo. PUMA will launch a fundraising initiative with UNITED FOR AFRICA leading up to the World Football Championships in June. The organisation will directly benefit from the sales and proceeds of special projects launched in PUMA concept stores and special retail formats this summer.
“We are pleased to contribute to the mission of UNITED FOR AFRICA and their humanitarian efforts. With our number one position in African football, PUMA has a great opportunity to raise awareness and support the UNITED FOR AFRICA initiatives,” said Jochen Zeitz, PUMA Chairman and CEO.
As the current supplier to the Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia Football Associations, PUMA has a long history and strong affiliation with African Football. The 2006 partnership with UNITED FOR AFRICA is an extension of that commitment.
About UNITED FOR AFRICA
Under the patronage of German Federal President Horst Koehler, over thirty international charity organisations have joined forces through the initiative UNITED FOR AFRICA. The aim of UNITED FOR AFRICA is to act against the conception of Africa as the “lost continent” and to attract the attention of the public not only to the long-term plight and poverty of millions of people on the African continent, but also to their potential and the signs of hope.
This umbrella initiative maintains more than 5000 projects throughout the African continent. The variety of projects includes support for street children, orphanages, AIDS-education programs, and counselling for child soldiers. Helping people to help themselves is the aim of the local work that has been done by mainly African local staff. More details available at www.united-for-africa.org