Mamadou Sakho, Mark Bright and the Palace For Life Foundation Director of Sports Development, Gary Mulcahey attended the Best of Africa 2017 awards that were held at the Rosewood London Hotel on Monday evening.
Best of Africa was established to support and celebrate African-owned philanthropic endeavour and to give awareness for the effort and the hard work that football players put into projects for Africa through altruism and leadership. Previous attendees and winners have included Yaya Toure, Fabrice Muamba, Emmanuel Adebayor,and Eniola Aluko, and the event is fast becoming one of the most prominent in the calendar of players with African heritage and their fans.
Mark Bright received the Community Action Award on behalf of the club and this was for participation in 'Cameroon Xl'. A documentary which helped seven of the eleven players we chose get an opportunity in the USL Soccer League in America.
Mamadou stepped forward to collect the Philanthropic Endeavour Leadership award. The AMSAK association, founded by Mamadou and his partner, now comprises numerous contributors and partners who work together to support and develop a variety of projects. They both work with AMSAK throughout the year, donating his time to a range of projects in the UK, France and Senegal.
Sakho, who attended with his wife Majda, said: “I am honoured and very happy to receive this award. Through AMSAK my wife and I try to help people in need. We are good people and we know where we come from, and we want to give something back."
The event saw a host of top flight players joined by representatives from the business and charity worlds while the panel of judges is a collection of specially selected representatives from across the football and media communities.