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.”
Imagine if all children were on an equal playing field. Imagine if we all started at the line equal instead of 20 yards behind. Imagine children waking up believing that their dreams could come true. Imagine what that belief could do for the future of this country…— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) November 16, 2020
“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.
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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