Manchester United legend Paul Pogba has launched a campaign on his birthday to raise money for UNICEF’s work supporting children affected by the coronavirus.
The French international footballer is one of the many celebs to take advantage of Facebook’s birthday gift giving feature and it’s the second time he has chosen to raise awareness of a good cause.
Last year on his 26th birthday he matched every pound raised for Charity: Water, whose aim is to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in need around the world.
This year, for his 27th birthday he is using the fundraiser to spread awareness and raise money for children’s charity UNICEF so they are able to help vulnerable youngsters affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Pogba commented, “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.”
The World Cup winner is aiming to raise £27,000 for UNICEF. The campaign launched on March 15th and has already raised over £6.3k and has received 390 donations to date.
If the target is reached, Pogba’s fundraiser will be able to provide more than 300,000 disposable gloves for health workers, around 3,000 surgical masks and almost 10,000 sets of vented goggles.