Siao Mates Jun 17

Manchester United's Rashford scores – Liverpool and Manchester City cheer


What a guy, this Marcus Rashford.


The Manchester United forward did his part to make sure needy children in the UK would not go hungry when school is not in term.


While the UK government is providing food vouchers to children of poor families during the Covid-19 lockdown, it had announced that the meals would not be provided outside of the school term.


This meant that some children in the UK would go hungry at lunchtime for six weeks.


But Rashford, 22, who was a poor child and lived on free meals when he was a kid in school, was having none of that.


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He wrote an open letter to MPs in the UK, pleading on behalf of the children to reverse the decision. He even spoke to UK prime minister Boris Johnson about it.


Which led to the reversal of the decision: It would cost the UK government £120 million (S$210 million), or just S$157.00 per child. Most of you in Singapore received more in your bank accounts today from the Government’s care and support package, but for the underprivileged children in the UK, this means having meals for six weeks.  


Rashford, reported BBC Breakfast last evening, was “grateful that the prime minister did change his decision”.


Manchester United were understandably proud of their striker, but even more notable was the response of bitter rivals, Liverpool.


“Children in our region will benefit because of the actions from this remarkable role model – from Liverpool, with love,” tweeted the Reds in response to the Manchester United star’s endeavours.


There was also a sideshow from this episode, which, though irritating initially, had a happy end.


One Katie Hopkins from the UK, who fancies herself a “media personality”, took a contrarian view, probably to get attention. She tweeted:


“Dear Marcus Rashford, do you think women should think about how they are going to feed a child before they decide to have it?


“I do not want to pay to feed other people’s kids. You are welcome to. Thank you, Katie Hopkins.”


Of course, the Internet responded with all its love for Hopkins: A meme with her face superimposed on Martin Demichelis left for dead by Rashford during a 2016 Manchester derby soon made its rounds on social media.  


Hopkins, in a moment of delusion, thought she could get the upper hand on the troll and capitalise on it.


“I look hot in blue. Just saying,” she tweeted, and even had the cheek to hashtag #feedthekids, which she opposed, and #marcusrashford.


But the response she probably did not expect was that of Manchester City.


“Not our blue. Just saying!” they declared, with a note of solidarity and congratulations – #welldonerashford – to the Manchester United star added for good measure.


It’s lovely to see great rivals on the pitch, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City, coming in support of one another when it matters, especially when it’s against vile, venomous villains like Hopkins.




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