Liverpool fans in Sierra Leone rejoicing at the news of defender Steven Caulker pictured joining Liverpool.
The twitter page of Liverpool fans in Sierra Leone has been buzzing with excitement at the announcement of Steven Caulker joining LFC on loan till the end of the season from QPR.
The 24-year-old’s arrival eases the injury situation the club are currently facing in defence, which includes both short and long-term absentees.
Steven, whose grandparents hailing from Sierra Leone, a descendant of a great Shebro King Stephen Caulker was very active in fundraising efforts in Sierra Leone over the last few years.
In 2014, his efforts raised close to a million pounds in the country that was ravaged during an Ebola outbreak.
“It’s my grandfather’s homeland and my heart lies out there in a way,” Steven was quoted as saying (walesonline.co.uk)
Steven was part of the fundraising throughout last season to raise £75,000 and help rebuild a school in Kambia Town, 120 miles northeast of the capital Freetown.
But was fallen short of his target, raising around £35,000 – so Steven generously put in £40,000 of his own cash.
The Caulker family played a major role in Sierra Leone’s history. “My connection to Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, comes from my grandfather,” he says. “It’s his homeland. My heart lies out there in a way and that’s why I want to do this and do it properly. This is massive for me.
Sallia Fawundu Jr. The Secretary General of LFC Salone was in high spirits saying: “We just hope it becomes long term and that he performs well and makes Sierra Leone proud! We know there are many injuries right now but it’s amazing that our brother is playing for us”
Meanwhile, LFC fans in Freetown will be meeting at Regent Road Lumley (by Gooding Drive Junction) tomorrow to keenly watch their match with Arsenal.