The money was part of the amount the defensive midfielder won at the end of last season, when he made a clean-sweep at the Kaizer Chiefs’ Player of the Year Awards for the 2013/2014 Premier Soccer League season.
The Mutare-born star pocketed R75,000 when he won the Vodacom Fan Player of the Year.
Vodacom celebrates its 20 years anniversary this year and the company increased the prize-money for the Vodacom Fan Player of the Year Award from R50 000 to R75 000 in 2014, to help the player donate R25,000 of the prize money to a charity of his choice.
Katsande’s donation coincided with Women’s Month and he chose Compass, a charity that offers food and shelter to abused and homeless women and children.
“I thank God for this opportunity. A special thank you goes to my club,” said a visibly-emotional Katsande. “I chose to support kids because of my background of growing up without my father. I know how it is to grow in this situation. I'm happy to share my achievement with this Children's home and wish everybody well going forward.”
The beneficiaries help women undergo a two-year training programme that enables them to find employment and gain their independence, while the children are placed in school where Compass’ registered social workers and trained, qualified teachers and caregivers ensure the best level of education and care-giving.
“We are confident that Katsande’s contribution will go a long way in assisting Compass with the important work they do and make a meaningful difference to the women and children they support. The donation shows that sport has the power to inspire and make a change in the society at large.” said Rowen Gangulu, Vodacom’s brand manager responsible for sponsorship.Post published in: Football