Coronavirus outbreak: Paul Pogba launches fund-raising campaign on his birthday
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has launched a fund-raising campaign to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Pogba, who turned 27 on Sunday, used the occasion of his birthday to financially support the cause. On social media, the French footballer posted a link and he hopes to raise at least £27,000 in one day. He has promised to double the amount, if the target is reached.
Pogba aims to double the figure
Pogba pledged to double the figure with another £27,000 and donate towards the cause, if the target is met. "It's my birthday and I am always grateful that me, my family and friends are healthy. Nonetheless, not everybody is in good health right now," Pogba wrote on his official Facebook and Instagram pages. He added, "At times like this we need to come together."
Pogba thanked the people for their support
"With your help, I am hoping today to raise £27,000 to fight this war and I will double the amount if we reach the goal. Any amount will be welcome to help fight against COVID19. Thank you for all the support. Stay safe," he wrote.
Pogba's appeal raised over £2,000 after a few hours
£2,000 were raised within hours of Pogba launching the campaign. This campaign comes after he decided to collaborate with Charity: Water to provide drinking water to people in developing countries. The last activity was launched on his 26th birthday. He made the same promise of doubling the £26,000 target last year, but last year his initiative saw just £7,360 being raised.
Rudy Gobert also donated $500,000 for the cause
Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to be diagnosed with novel coronavirus, donated a sum of $500,000 to help people impacted by the deadly virus. "I am humbled by the tireless efforts of people around the globe for those affected by COVID-19, especially my own communities of Utah and France, in addition to my appreciation for Oklahoma and my care there," Rudy said.
Here are the details provided by Pogba for his fundraiser
It's my birthday and I'm always grateful that me, my family and friends are healthy. Nonetheless, not everybody is in good health right now.⠀ The #Coronavirus pandemic is affecting the health and lives of many, including children.⠀ The impact of a large-scale outbreak, especially on poor and vulnerable children, can be immense.⠀ ⠀ @UNICEF is helping prevent the spread of #Coronavirus by supplying vital medical supplies, consulting with communities and implementing prevention campaigns. It is a priority to stop the spread of this new virus, and the misinformation that’s spreading alongside it. ⠀ ⠀ At times like this we need to come together. 🤝⠀ ⠀ With your help, I am hoping today to raise £27,000 to help fight this war and I will double the amount if we reach the goal.⠀ If we manage to reach our target, it will be enough to provide:⠀ ⠀ * 333,332 pairs of disposable gloves for health workers +⠀ * 2,777 surgical masks to help prevent the disease spreading further +⠀ * 9,615 sets of vented goggles⠀ ⠀ To donate, go to my Facebook page or click on the link in my Bio.⠀ For more information: https://www.unicef.org.uk/coronavirus-facts/⠀ ⠀ Any amount will be welcome to help fight this war against #COVID19 💪🏾⠀ ⠀ Thank you for all the support 🙏🏾⠀ Stay safe!