Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has become the youngest person to top the Sunday Times donation list, a metric of philanthropy among wealthy Britons.
Possessing a personal net worth of £ 16 million ($ 23 million), combining his own gifts and those inspired in response to various food assistance programs he helped create. generated a total of £ 20 million ($ 28 million) for school lunches and food poverty in the UK.
Over the past year, Rashford has become something of a hero to many Britons: Last year, when second waves of COVID-19 were rife, the 23-year-old faced a proposal from the UK government to cut spending on free school lunches.
Here’s how he did it.
The forward, who has often been a bright light in recent difficult seasons at Manchester United, and a fixture in the England national team, managed to shine some of the attention he receives on a subject close to his heart: having experienced hunger when was child. , knew that disadvantaged children depend on school lunches for their daily caloric needs.
His insistent lobbying got Boris Johnson to make a U-turn on the Conservative government’s position: persuade £ 170 million ($ 240 million) for the free food voucher program from last November through the summer.
In response, Rashford won the Professional Footballers Award of Merit and was recommended by Johnson for an MBE (Member of the British Empire).
“When I was a young black man from Wythenshawe, I never thought I would accept an MBE, let alone an MBE at the age of 22,” he told Sky Sports in response.
A friendly rivalry
“What Marcus has done in the last 12 months is incredible,” said Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. before a recent game between the two clubs. “He has fought food poverty, given a voice to children who would not otherwise have it, and has used his own reputation for the benefit of others.”
Henderson, who has been the captain of the second most decorated English club for 7 years, was ranked sixth on the Times Donations List, raising £ 4 million ($ 6 million) from his fellow footballers to join his own contributions to the UK National Health. Service to help support your response to the pandemic.
Once again, we have reached a point in history where football fans will not understand the gravity of Henderson’s words, as Liverpool and Manchester United are the most staunch rivals. As the two most successful clubs in English football, their matches are among the most watched of all on Earth.
Rashford has continued his donation work, establishing the Working Group on Child Food Poverty, partner with many of the nation’s largest supermarkets to help end child hunger.
“His own experience of relying on free school meals brings authenticity and compassion to his campaign, and his status as a Premier League footballer means that people and politicians sit down and take notice,” Lindsay Boswell said in a statement. Director of FareShare, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting hunger and food waste in the UK, Boswell appointed Rashford as ambassador.
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