Soccer star Marcus Rashford raises millions to tackle child food poverty | The Optimist Daily
Today’s Solutions: July 12, 2024

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has definitely proved himself as an exceptional soccer player, but more recently, the 23-year-old footballer made headlines for something else — donating millions of dollars to charities dedicated to feeding vulnerable children during the pandemic.

Rashford’s recent charitable activities have also made him the youngest person to top The Sunday Times Giving List — the annual measure of philanthropy among Britain’s super-rich. The ranking calculates the sums donated to or raised for charity against the Rich List wealth valuation for those individuals or families.

Acting as an ambassador for FareShare, a charity network aimed at relieving food poverty, Rashford inspired people to donate an estimated £20m ($28m) towards causes tackling food poverty. This gives him a Giving Index of 125 — the £20m representing 125 percent of his net worth of £16m ($23m).

“We are delighted he’s been honored in this way. Marcus’ support for FareShare over the last year and his commitment to tackling child hunger has simply been incredible,” said Lindsay Boswell, FareShare Chief Executive.

“His own experience of relying on free school meals to eat brings authenticity and compassion to his campaigning, and his status as a Premier League footballer means people and politicians sit up and take notice,” added Boswell.

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