Defender backs Heart4More Foundation
Millwall defender Danny Shittu has openly backed the Heart4More Foundation and is calling on football’s governing bodies to unite and fund regular heart screenings to save the lives of professional footballers.
The Foundation was set up by former Lions striker Tobi Alabi, 20, who collapsed during a football match on October 15, 2013 and was subsequently forced to retire after having a heart monitor implanted in his chest.
Tobi was appearing on TV channel Vox Africa’s Sports 360 show on Monday evening and Danny called into the show to voice his support for a much needed cause.
Danny, 33, said: “I was used to seeing Tobi every day at training as he was at Millwall, when I first joined.
“Since I’ve been there I’ve kept in touch with him and I’ve known what he’s been through with his heart condition and having a heart monitor placed in his chest.
“I support a lot of good causes around the world, not just the UK, and what Tobi’s doing – the Heart4More Foundation – is something that needs to be supported.”
Former Queens Park Rangers defender Danny is now calling on the game’s governing body to take note of current players who are backing the Foundation and act quickly to potentially save a life.
“It’s very important and the governing bodies need to make it happen because it’s not something the players will do by themselves. Too many footballers are needlessly dying.”
Tobi said: “I’m extremely grateful and also excited that a good friend of mine Danny Shittu has publically backed the Heart4More Foundation and is calling on the likes of The FA, PFA and Premier League to provide more screenings throughout the professional game.
“Danny’s stature in professional football, not just in England but abroad, will help raise the profile of the Foundation and make other players step up and take notice.”
The Foundation is using CrowdFunder to raise funds of £7,000 to screen 100 young people before a football match.
With the days ticking down before the deadline, the Foundation has raised approximately over half of the target with over £4,500 donated. However, the full target of £7,000 must be achieved by Tuesday 25 March for it to be fully funded.
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