Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has been awarded an MBE for his impressive Charity work and contribution towards school children’s meal.
It would be recalled that during the Covid19 pandemic lock down period the UK government announced that free meals for school children will be suspended. This however received a lot of criticism from the masses with Rashford voluntarily speaking out against the government’s decision, citing that he was one of the children that depends on the free school meals when he was younger and such it should not be abolished during the difficult period of Covid19 lock down.
The 22-year-old star ended up lobbying the UK government to bring back the scheme and he also formed a child food poverty task force, linking up with some of the nation’s biggest supermarkets and food brands to provide meals for school children all through the summer. And these humanly acts has earned him a place among the honourable names like Sir Bobby Chalton who was also a recipient of the award in the past.
Rashford expressed high delight on receiving the award and has this to say ” I’m incredibly honoured and humbled. As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22. This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly my mum who is the real deserving recipient of the honour. The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over.
I would be doing my community, and the families I have met and spoken with, an injustice if I didn’t use this opportunity to respectfully urge the Prime Minister, who recommended me for this honour, to support our children during the October half term with an extension of the voucher scheme, as the furlough scheme comes to an end and we face increased unemployment. Another sticking plaster, but one that will give the parents of millions of children in the UK just one less thing to worry about. Let’s stand together in saying that no children in the UK should be going to bed hungry. As I have said many times before, no matter your feeling or opinion, not having access to food is NEVER the child’s fault.” He concluded.