UFC world middleweight champion Israel Adesanya donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to Lagos State in the fight against COVID-19.
Nigeria-born mixed martial art is also donating 10,000 three-layer masks and 1000 protective masks to health workers in Whanganui, New Zealand, where he grew up.
In addition, New Zealand is also donating PPE to Auckland, where he lives in New Zealand to help them fight COVID-19.
When praised for the development, Israel said to a follower on Twitter: “But don’t tell anyone. I’m just trying to be” humble “.
The New Zealand sportsman of the year for 2019, was quoted on the Whanganui District Health Council website as saying: “I can’t do this all over the world, but I can help the communities I know – places I’ve been a part of.”
According to the council, materials worth thousands of dollars will be delivered to the Whanganui District Health Council within two weeks.
While praising Adesanya’s decision, Whanganui DHB CEO Russell Simpson said the UFC champion has the DHB team and the health community at heart when facing COVID-19.
“DHB is extremely grateful that Israel has its staff and the healthcare community in its thoughts as we fight against COVID-19,” Russell said in a statement on the council’s website. “On behalf of all Whanganui DHB employees, we thank him for his generous donation.”
Adesanya has lived in Whanganui since he was a teenager.
His family is still there with his mother, Tai, working as a nurse in the emergency department at Whanganui Hospital.