Estonia: Raio Piiroja

 Estonian international defender Raio Piiroja was appointed his country's first FIFA/SOS Ambassador on 9 November 2004, and immediately underlined his support for the organisation's cause.

Raio Pijroja (right) officially presented as FIFA/SOS Ambassador for Estonia

"I want to spread the message about SOS Children's Village in order to find more support for the organisation. Football is a good opportunity for kids to spend time and energy on sports, not on drugs or on alcohol," said Piiroja, underlining his wish to pay several visits a year to the SOS Children's Village in Keila.

Piiroja, who plays with Norwegian club Fredrikstad, was a well-known player in his native country already since the days when he still played for Estonian club FC Flora. Whenever he has the time, Piiroja is always willing to spend it with children in need. Children in the care of SOS Children's Village in Keila absolutely adore him.

In addition, SOS Children's Villages and the Estonian Football Federation have signed a contract that will see the setting up of a football pitch in the vicinity of the organisation's facility.