FILE - Bayern's Joshua Kimmich. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP
FILE - Bayern's Joshua Kimmich. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP

Footballers Covid-19 initiative raises more than 2.5 million euros

Time of article published Mar 22, 2020

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BERLIN – The WekickCorona initiative from German football internationals Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka has raised more than 2.5 million euros for charity around the coronavirus outbreak in its first few days.

Bayern Munich players Kimmich and Goretzka donated the first million and by Sunday more than 1.5 million euros have been added, according to the website.

Almost two dozen players have pledged donations, including German internationals Leroy Sane of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain's Julian Draxler, Borussia Dortmund veteran defender Mats Hummels, and former Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

The website said that there have also been more than 500 small donours and some 350 applications from organizations to receive donations.

"With #WeKickCorona we want to help those who help others and make our contribution to ensuring that after the crisis, our society will be as diverse and strong as before," Kimmich and Goretzka said as they launched the initiative earlier in the week.

Another Bayern player, Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, has also pledged to donate amid the health crisis, according to the Bild paper, 1 million euros together with his wife.

"We are all in one team. Let us be strong in this fight. If we can help someone, let us do it," Lewandowski told Bild.

DPA

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