Caring Kompany helps improve lives via Twitter
- Mon 06 Feb 2012, 10:43AM
- Posted by Chris Nield
Vincent Kompany’s arrival on social networking site Twitter last month brought our club captain even closer to his legion of fans around the world, however the Belgian international’s 140 character exploits would also have a surprise impact on a group of brave Indonesian school children.
Vincent tweeted with shock about the condition of a storm-destroyed bridge over the Ciberang River in Banten in the Indonesian region of Lebak, and how each day children risked their lives to cross the 200 meter structure to get to school.
Kompany’s tweet caused waves around the Twitter world, eventually being picked up by Indonesia television, resulting in Mulyadi Jayabaya, Head of the Lebak district closing the bridge and vowing to spend 85,000 EUR to build a new crossing. In the meantime, the Indonesian government is helping the children get to school with an organised ferry service using bamboo rafts.
Glad something is being done about the bridge in Lebak, Indonesia. Kids shouldn't face such dangers to get an education
It’s not the first time our compassionate captain has used Twitter for good. Last weekend Vincent voiced his concern following a car accident on Deansgate in Manchester city centre caused by the icy weather conditions.
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