ALEXANDRE SONG HONOURED BY UNHCR FOR HIS COMMITMENT ALONGSIDE REFUGEES
Former Cameroonian international recently named UNHCR’s ‘High Level Supporter’
The former Cameroonian international has recently received the title of “High Level Supporter” from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Alexander Song Bilong is the first footballer in history to receive this award. The former Cameroonian international was made “High Level Supporter” of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. His blue vest (UNHCR color), he was donned December 27, 2018 in Yaoundé by Lazare Etien Kouassi, the representative of the UN body.
“A title attributed by UNHCR to important personalities from the world of arts, culture and sport who have shown a keen interest in the activities of the organization and who wish to contribute in the defense of its objectives,” reports Cameroon Tribune on newsstands January 3, 2019.
For the occasion, reads in the government newspaper, Alexandre Song “wanted to be surrounded by his family: his wife, his teammate and friend, Aurélien Cheudjou, and his father-in-law.” A title that the former FC Barcelona player “owes to his commitment and his involvement for years for the benefit of vulnerable people. Far from football pitches and spotlights, Alexandre Song has always led philanthropic activities in favor of certain disadvantaged groups, without drums and trumpets, “says the national bilingual daily.
For a year, A. Song has initiated actions to help refugees estimated at more than one million in Cameroon. “I come from a disadvantaged background and I am lucky today to be able to give a smile to brothers. I can not wait to be there. A plan has been established for 2019 and we will go out on the ground, share, give back smile and health to those who do not have one, “he said.
The UNHCR representative said: “Alexandre Song has shown his commitment and his determination to understand our mandate, our way of operating and has always confirmed his willingness to put its notoriety, its influence in a totally voluntary way in the service of our organization “.