The return to Premier League football is just round the corner, but Marcus Rashford’s biggest victory of 2020 has been secured away from the football pitch.
The emergence of social media is fast erasing tired and sweeping views that professional athletes are ‘dim’ and ignorant to matters beyond their sport.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has done wonders for minority communities and combating racism in domestic and international football since 2019, heavyweight boxing champ Anthony Joshua took the mic and inspired thousands at a BLM rally in Watford this month, and Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has become a national treasure for his tireless efforts to support vulnerable children during lockdown.
On Twitter, People are calling for a knighthood and have even started referring to the 22-year-old as ‘Sir Marcus Rashford’.
Manchester born and bred, and don’t us United fans let rivals know it, Rashford possesses a rare blend of personal experience and extreme wealth that most philanthropists just don’t have.
Growing up in Wythenshawe, one of Manchester’s poorest districts, Rashford witnessed first-hand the physical and emotional strain poverty can have on entire communities, and the huge impact government schemes make in improving families’ day to day lives. He recalls the memories of having to collect Christmas dinner from local foodbanks every year, and being sent to ‘live in digs’ (shared accommodation) aged just 11.
Today, having amassed a fortune through his immense talents, a grateful Rashford is determined to use his platform to ensure no child goes to bed hungry in Britain this summer and beyond. Like his application to football, this goal has become an obsession.
An Open Letter to all MPs in Parliament…#maketheUturn
Please retweet and tag your local MPs pic.twitter.com/GXuUxFJdcv
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) June 14, 2020
On Monday, Rashford published an open letter to MPs which he also shared across his social media accounts. In it he called for an extension to a voucher scheme that had previously provided children with free meals during the height of lockdown. This bill was originally intended to support needing students during term time, meaning July would spell its end, but it fell on Rashford to remind Boris and Co that right now these are anything but ordinary times.
Having already raised £20 million with FareShare– a leading distributor of surplus food – since late March, the United fan favourite opted to take the cause nationwide.