Bismack Biyombo, Phoenix Suns' star player, has donated his $1.3 million salary for the construction of a hospital in Congo.

Bismack Biyombo, the Phoenix Suns' center, is one of a million in a league filled with millionaires. This 11-year NBA veteran will give up his entire salary -- $1.3 million -- this season to help build a hospital in his homeland, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

23 April 2022 Saturday 08:44
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Bismack Biyombo, Phoenix Suns' star player, has donated his $1.3 million salary for the construction of a hospital in Congo.

Biyombo stated to CBS News that "When I'm determined on something, nobody really" and especially not something like this.

Biyombo is a founder of schools and basketball academies. But he feels that healthcare is the greatest need in his country. Biyombo claims that there is only one doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for every 10,000 citizens.


 

"Isn’t that crazy?" Biyombo stated. "If your loved ones are going to the hospital, they have more chance of dying than living," Biyombo said. It breaks my heart.

He is deeply committed to his work. Francois, his father, co-founded the Bismack Biyombo foundation in 2016. Francois, his father, died last summer from COVID-19 in Congo. Biyombo claims that his father instilled in Biyombo the value of public services.

"I wanted to do something that would continue to serve people. Biyombo stated that the most important thing was to save lives.

His efforts have been well-received.

The NBA announced Tuesday Biyombo was the winner of March's NBA Cares Community Assist Award for "his dedication to improving the conditions and overall livelihoods" of people and communities in the Congo.

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