Marcus Rashford is far more than a budding world-class talent; he’s an absolute class-act and a terrific ambassador for club and country.
Rashford has built on his finest season-to-date on the pitch with countless humanitarian efforts in and around Manchester during the COVID lockdown.
Marcus has become a major advocate for “food security” for at risk youths, and Rashford helped raise over $25 million in donations, alongside food charity FareShare since March, reaching 1,280,000 children.
Not resting on his laurels, Rashford has now gone as far as to write members of the UK Parliament to do more to stop child hunger:
In the letter, the England international highlighted that 200,000 children had to skip meals during the coronavirus lockdown because their families couldn’t access sufficient food, according to charity Food Foundation.
“My story to get here is all too familiar for families in England,” 22-year-old Rashford, who grew up in a low-income family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, wrote in the letter.
“My mum worked full-time, earning minimum wage to make sure we always had a good evening meal on the table. But it was not enough. The system was not built for families like mine to succeed, regardless of how hard my mum worked.
“As a family, we relied on breakfast clubs, free school meals, and the kind actions of neighbours and coaches. Food banks and soup kitchens were not alien to us; I recall very clearly our visits to Northern Moor to collect our Christmas dinners every year.”
“The Government has taken a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the economy — I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England,” Rashford concluded in his letter.
“I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the extension.
“This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance. Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority.”
What a player and inspiration for the rest of us.
Marcus Rashford is an ideal role model, both on and off the pitch. All United fans should proud of his efforts to further this worthy cause thorughout the world.
The Pride of Manchester!