Pogba sets up birthday fundraiser to fight coronavirus

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Manchester United star Paul Pogba has set up a fundraiser in a bid to help the fight against COVID-19.

The virus has swept across the globe from China, with more than 167,000 cases confirmed worldwide and nearly 6,500 deaths as a result of what has now been declared a pandemic.

Sport has been dramatically affected by the disease, with football suspended in all of Europe’s leading countries and other major events postponed or cancelled.

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Celebrating his 27th birthday on Sunday, Pogba has set a target to raise £27,000 ($31,100) in a bid to support ailing healthcare organisations during a time of crisis, which has seen countries such as China, Italy, France and Spain grind to a virtual halt.

Posting on Instagram, the World Cup winner said: “It's my birthday and I'm always grateful that me, my family and friends are healthy. Nonetheless, not everybody is in good health right now.

“The #Coronavirus pandemic is affecting the health and lives of many, including children.

“The impact of a large-scale outbreak, especially on poor and vulnerable children, can be immense.

“UNICEF is helping prevent the spread of #Coronavirus by supplying vital medical supplies, consulting with communities and implementing prevention campaigns. It is a priority to stop the spread of this new virus, and the misinformation that’s spreading alongside it. ⠀

“At times like this we need to come together.

“With your help, I am hoping today to raise £27,000 to help fight this war and I will double the amount if we reach the goal. ⠀

“If we manage to reach our target, it will be enough to provide: ⠀ ⠀

  • * 333,332 pairs of disposable gloves for health workers +⠀

  • * 2,777 surgical masks to help prevent the disease spreading further +⠀

  • * 9,615 sets of vented goggles⠀

“To donate, go to my Facebook page or click on the link in my Bio. ⠀

“For more information: https://www.unicef.org.uk/coronavirus-facts/⠀

“Any amount will be welcome to help fight this war against #COVID19.

“Thank you for all the support.

“Stay safe!”

Pogba had previously publicised the condition via a post urging people to ‘dab to beat coronavirus’.

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