By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has taken his generosity to Sierra Leone days after he agreed to foot three months bills of nurses in an hospital in Berlin his birthplace.
The player announced on his twitter handle that his foundation will be providing sixty thousand face masks for low income market traders in. Sierra Leone.
I am pleased to announce that my Foundation Antonio Rüdiger For Sierra Leone will be partnering with @madam_wokie and @LunchBoxGift to provide 60,000 face masks to low income market traders in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This will hopefully reduce the spread of Covid19. 🇸🇱🙏🏾
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) April 23, 2020
Sierra Leone is the country Rudiger’s parents fled from in 1991 amid civil war to Germany where he was then born.
It was reported that his parents retained connection with the country.
Other players have joined the initiative which is aim at raising the sum of $30.000.
Chelsea players such as N’golo Kante, Oliver Giroud, Callum Hudson Odio and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil have donated $5,000 to the cause.
”Our target for this campaign is $30.000. I Will pledge $5,000 to kickstart this campaign and Big Thanks to @MesutOzil1088, @nglkante, @Calteck10, @_OlivierGiroud_ for donating an extra $5,000.Please follow the link below to donate too. Keep safe and save lives! Thx u in advance.” Rudiger stated.
The donations come amid the latest World Bank report that economic growth in the country will be stopped even in the best-case scenario with 39 per cent of the population living below the international poverty line of US$1.9/day reports Goal.com.
There are sixty-one recorded cases of the virus outbreak in the country. No death has been recorded as six persons have so far recovered.
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