In response to the pandemic, the Manchester United midfielder is calling on Facebook visitors to help the children charity’s efforts to support young people affected by the pandemic.
Paul Pogba is using his birthday to stage a campaign through Facebook to raise money for Unicef’s work supporting children affected by the coronavirus.
The footballer is one of a number of celebrities to regularly use the social media platform’s birthday gift giving feature.
Last year he has raised more than £7,000 for
Opening a fundraising for my 26th bday \uD83C\uDF82 to raise minimum 26k pounds for \uD83D\uDCA7 @charitywater , who provides drinking water to people in need. I’ll double the total raised and together we can make a difference! Click on the link to donate \uD83D\uDC49\uD83C\uDFFE https://t.co/hsHJPUMkIF pic.twitter.com/LVhwz3a7Tq— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) March 14, 2019
“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,” said Pogba, who plays for Manchester United and France.
“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.”
Pogba is looking to raise £27,000 for UNICEF. The campaign launched on Sunday March 15 and as of today had raised £5,043, from donations from 303 people.
He stresses that if he is able to reach his target the money will be able to provide more than 300,000 disposable gloves for health workers, around 3,000 surgical masks and almost 10,000 sets of vented goggles.
Birthday giving milestone
Last year Facebook revealed that it had raised £1.6bn in donations, half of which came through its birthday giving feature.
Others to use their birthday to raise money via Facebook include TV chef Gordon Ramsey, who raised £26,000 for Great Ormond Street.
Around 45m people worldwide had donated to or created a fundraiser on Facebook since its fundraising tools were launched in 2015.