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Hospital gets Crown windfall

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Phnom Penh Crown’s Rithy Samnang (fourth from right) present his donation of $200,000. KT / Yeun Punlue

Phnom Penh Crown president Rithy Samnang has donated $200,000 to the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital.

Yesterday’s charity donation ceremony, on behalf of his RSX Investment firm, was also attended by General Sao Sokha, president of the Football Federation of Cambodia, as well as directors Su Zhongjian and Xu Aimin from RSX Investment.

“Today, with the guidance of His Excellency Sao Sokha, we have donated $ 200,000 to Kantha Bopha Hospital, said Mr. Samnang. “With the help of Chinese companies in Cambodia to contribute to Cambodian society and children. Kantha Bopha is currently in struggling to treat children and we hope that with our contribution they can continue their humanitarian work. We will continue to seek funding for Kantha Bopha Hospital,” he added.

Mr. Samnang said that while Crown, Cambodia’s most decorated team, were a football team he was hoping to increase their activities in the community.

“We are improving the development of football and we will mobilise all investment to strengthen football in Cambodia. [But] we will develop societal activities with social work such as environmental work, and elimination of drugs, respect for traffic laws. And we will help to raise awareness for Kantha Bopha and other hospitals,” he added.

Meanwhile, General Sokha said he fully supported the activities of the Phnom Penh Crown which not only provided football opportunity for the kingdom’s youth but also the clubs’ commitment to charitable work for real social change.

This is the fourth time that Mr. Samnang has donated to Kantha Bopha Hospital with the tycoon appealing to other wealthy contributors to aid the work of the well-respected hospital.

Crown recently appointed much-loved former national team coach Leonardo Vitorino in the hope the Brazilian tactician can turn around the fortunes of a club in crisis. Last winning the Metfone C-League in 2015, and winners of six league titles, Crown have fallen behind perennial rivals Boeung Ket, and 2018 league winners NagaWorld. They finished 2018 in fifth position twenty points adrift from the champions.

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