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Rashford awarded MBE for fight against hunger

This week, Manchester United’s left winger and England striker, Marcus Rashford, 24, was awarded with The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his outstanding work in getting the desolate and helpless youth free access to food and off the streets during the corona virus pandemic. The honorary investiture of various British citizens from all over Great Britain took place at Windsor Castle where the Duke of Cambridge oversaw the proceedings.

Rashford joins a number of football players like Harry Kane and Gary McAllister who’ve been bestowed the same honor for their charitable contributions to various British associations in the past. His campaign against child hunger and the shutting of schools back in 2020 led to the British government revising its policies over free meals in schools during the lockdown.

He dedicated this achievement to his Mother who had to work tirelessly to make ends meet and raise him and his three siblings on a minimum wage. “I came from little…Food banks and soup kitchens were not alien to us; I recall very clearly our visits to collect our Christmas dinners every year.” he said in an interview.

Rashford and his mother Melanie at Windsor Castle.

Achieving this MBE, according to many critics, not only allows for the expansion and diversity of the British kingdom in terms of representation and social equality but also serves as an inspiration to many young black men and women fighting to make this world a better place. Born in Manchester, Rashford had many dreams as a child but the passion to play for Manchester United far outweighed all, little did he know that his dreams would also offer more opportunities for him-enabling him to fight for the less fortunate and ensure no child ever slept hungry.

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