On Monday afternoon, Ajax’s selection attended a gathering for CST. The Chinese tire manufacturer, which has sponsored Ajax since 2013 and is also the head sponsor of the Ajax Indonesia Tour, is staying in the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, just like Ajax. It was a unique meeting.
CST and 235 of its business partners (the majority of which come from China, with several Indonesian ones) came to Jakarta especially for the Ajax Indonesia Tour. The Chinese are staying in the same hotel as Ajax and also attended Sunday’s match against Persija. Another one of their Ajax – related activities during this Indonesia trip is a gala, including an auction for charity. The selection came on Monday afternoon – before the auction and the dinner began – for a Meet & Greet.
The reception by CST, which will soon be opening a factory in Indonesia, was impressive. A huge room was rented; the Ajax players were put on a podium and received deafening applause. Siem de Jong donated a pair of his own adidas boots to the auction, after which he received even more applause. After that it was time for pictures with the football players. At each group picture, someone would shout ‘CST!!!’ after which all of the other orange-clad guests would shout “Hoe, Haa”. A special scene. Especially when the Ajax players started shouting “CST” themselves, and all of the other attendees replied wholeheartedly “Hoe, Haa”.
After the podium session, the players signed many jerseys before leaving to enjoy a well-deserved afternoon off in Jakarta. Siem de Jong’s boots turned out to bring in €15.000 at the auction. Edwin van der Sar’s keeper’s gloves earned €33.000. The evening’s total was above €200.000. The earnings are intended for the Ajax Foundation, the Edwin van der Sar Foundation and the CST Foundation.