Rashford launches new initiative to give vulnerable kids access to books

Marcus Rashford is at it again folks, an absolute hero of a man.

The striker has teamed up with Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB), launching a campaign to promote reading and literacy to children across all socio-economic backgrounds.

However MCB says there will be a focus on getting books to kids from vulnerable and underprivileged environments.

Rashford said: “I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality.” (via SkyNews)

“I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table.

“There were times where the escapism of reading could have really helped me. I want this escapism for all children. Not just those that can afford it.”

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“We know there are over 380,000 children across the UK today that have never owned a book, children that are in vulnerable environments. That has to change.

“My books are, and always will be, for every child, even if I have to deliver them myself. We will reach them.”

YOU ARE A CHAMPION: Unlock Your Potential, Find Your Voice And Be The BEST You Can Be will be the first release – an illustrated non-fiction title aimed at 11 to 16-year-olds.

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Carl Anka, a journalist for The Atlantic and Katie Warriner, a performance psychologist, will be co-create the book, with each chapter starting with a story from Rashford’s own life that will look at the value of education, positivity, female role models and understanding culture.

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