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TIME Celebrates Marcus Rashford For Child Hunger Move With Cover Shot On iPhone
By Mikelle Leow, 18 Feb 2021
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Given the COVID-19 crisis, TIME magazine’s latest Next 100 Most Influential People edition was handled pretty differently. One of its upcoming March covers will see Manchester United star Marcus Rashford posed in a remote photo shoot.
Without any mention by Rashford or London-based Nwaka Okparaeke, who captured his photo, you would have thought the shoot was conducted using professional equipment. Rashford, however, pointed out that he was photographed in his own front room using an iPhone.
Apart from his influence in English football, Rashford is acknowledged for his philanthropic efforts in addressing homelessness and child hunger. As 9to5Mac reports, he pushed the UK government to resume distributing free school meals to children from low-income families, which they had been granted before the pandemic. With the crisis, several families found it more difficult to feed members of their households as many of them were laid off or had shorter working hours.
Rashford penned an open letter to members of parliament urging them to offer support to vulnerable families during the pandemic, and it worked. Thanks to his campaign, three million meals are distributed to families in need each week. To alleviate the free school meal deficit, Rashford also teamed up with food charity FareShare to deliver some of these meals.
The soccer player explained that he would have been left without food too if the crisis had taken place during his childhood. “This is not about politics; this is about humanity,” he wrote in his letter. “Looking at ourselves in the mirror and feeling like we did everything we could to protect those who can’t, for whatever reason or circumstance, protect themselves. Political affiliations aside, can we not all agree that no child should be going to bed hungry?”
He expressed that families have been living “on a knife’s edge” as a result of the lockdown and haven’t been able to get assistance. Plus, the first step of asking for help is already a mental hurdle.
“Do you know how much courage it takes for a grown man to say ‘I can’t cope’ or ‘I can’t support my family?’” he elaborated. “Men, women, caregivers, are calling out for our help and we aren’t listening.”
[via 9to5Mac, images via various sources]
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