Experience is the best teacher, so they say at least, and there’s a reason why Marcus Rashford has always been a vocal campaigner against food poverty in England.
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Manchester United star has helped raise more than £20 million for food distribution charity Fare Share, and his motivation comes from his personal experience of growing up in South Manchester. And now, he has penned an open letter to the UK Government.
“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”, Rashford wrote in the letter, in reference to the decision of the government not to extend the current food voucher scheme into the summer school holidays.
The government had earlier announced they will not extend the free school meals voucher system for low-income families over the summer. The scheme was introduced in March to help families feed their children when schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and Rashford is demanding they change their decision.
“My story to get here is all-too-familiar for families in England: my mum worked full-time, earning minimum wage to make sure we always had a good evening meal on the table,” citing his experience of what the current low income earning families are currently facing.
At the age of just 22, Rashford’s maturity and leadership quality is glaring for all to see, with his leadership skills being trusted enough to be handed the Captains armband of the biggest club in England.
Last week, the England international joined CBBC as a PE teacher, guiding kids through a number of stretches, showing them how to get ready for their big match. The striker was performing the routine from his own home gym, with the little exercise providing the little kids a break from the norm of the lockdown and getting to watch and follow one of their favorite football star.
Apart from being a great footballer, Marcus Rashford has proven to be a good humanitarian. These are the steps and actions which the people who have the capacity of getting the message from the masses across to the government, are expected to take.
It is without doubt Rashford is destined to be a top player in the coming years, and with the addition of his humanitarian works, he’s definitely a footballer a lot of other footballers and other celebrities should emulate, especially in these trying times.
By Muyiwa Aguda