Chelsea star Kai Havertz has donated €200,000 (£172,000) to support those affected by flooding in western Germany, and will auction a pair of one-off Nike boots after this weekend’s game against Arsenal.
The Germany international has family still living in some of the areas affected by the flooding, and wants to inspire others to raise money with Red Cross Germany to help those worst hit.
At least 58 people are known to have died in the North Rhine-Westphalia district while almost 4,000 residents have been forced from their homes.
Havertz, 22, has designed a limited-edition pair of ‘Nike Phantoms’ boots which will be worn against Arsenal on Sunday and then auctioned off alongside a signed shirt to raise funds on top of his donation.
“I’m in a hugely privileged situation and I hope by starting this campaign supporting the Red Cross Germany I can inspire others to give what they can to help,” said Havertz.
“My limited edition boots are a sign of solidarity with those suffering, to show that I stand with my community and I am thinking of them.
“I was so shocked when I first saw the images, it’s difficult to comprehend what the people must be going through right now, but I knew I had to do something.
“By donating money, we can help Red Cross Germany with their relief and assistance efforts on the ground to make sure it gets to people that need it most.
“I want to say thank you to 11TeamSports for their help with logistics and for pledging all money from sales to the campaign.”