Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger Partners Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Others to fight Coronavirus in Sierra Leone

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Chelsea‘s Antonio Rudiger Partners with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil to provide 60,000 face masks to Sierra Leone to help the African country fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. The capital city, Freetown, is known as a place of refuge for returned slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. as of the 2015 census, the country has a population of 7,092,113.

As of Thursday, April 23, the country has 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has recorded one death. It also has 702 people in quarantine. Analysts believe that the country has a more untested carrier of the diseases than those who have been tested.

Antonio Rudiger’s parents Matthias and Lily left the country in the early 90s during the Sierra Leonian civil war. The then refugees met in the German capital of Berlin after in 1991.

Despite living the country due to such a circumstance and gave birth to their children in Germany which Rudiger plays for, the family have kept their connection to their ancestral country.

Giving back to the West African country at this trying times is a testament that Antonio Rudiger has not forgotten his root and is a good student of his parent’s history.

Antonio Rudiger is also supported by Kante, Hudson-Odoi, and Hudson-Odoi

Mesut Ozil and Antonio Rudiger
Mesut Ozil and Antonio Rudiger

The 60,000 face masks the Chelsea star intends to distribute to low-income market traders in the capital city of the country is not only in conjunction with Mesut Ozil but with some of his teammates at Chelsea.

According to reports, Rudiger’s teammates like Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi have all contributed $5,000 to Chelsea‘s star project which is aimed at slowing down the spread of coronavirus in Sierra Loane.

The donation and the execution of the project will be executed by ‘Antonio Rüdiger For Sierra Leone foundation’ in conjunction with Madam Wokie foundation and Lunchbox Gift.

“I am pleased to announce that my Foundation Antonio Rüdiger For Sierra Leone will be partnering with @madam_wokie and @LunchBoxGift to provide 60,000 face masks to low-income market traders in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This will hopefully reduce the spread of Covid19”, the Chelsea star announced via Twitter.

The kind gesture is said to also be supported by the European Union which has reportedly donated the exact amount each of the footballers has donated for the project.

Antonio Rudiger has also committed himself to carry out a charity project in Germany. But this time around, he has pledged to pay three months of catering costs for nurses at the hospital of his birth in Berlin.