UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is supporting his local community amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has put the entire world to a grinding halt. Major European countries and the United States are feeling the adverse effect of this outbreak. Over 2 Million people have been infected by the virus and nearly 120,000 people have lost their lives because of the virus.
Israel Adesanya who hails grew up in Whanganui along with his family has now donated 10,000 three-ply face masks and 1000 eye protection face shields for Whanganui’s frontline health staff.
Adesanya’s mother works as a nurse in the emergency department at Whanganui hospital. He also supplied Personal Protective Equipment in Auckland and Lagos.
“I can’t do it for the whole world, but I can help the communities I know, the places that I have been a part of.”
“The DHB is extremely grateful that Israel has DHB staff and the healthcare community in his thoughts as we fight against COVID-19. On behalf of all of the staff at Whanganui DHB, we thank him for his generous donation.” Whanganui District Health Board (DHB) chief executive Russell Simpson said about the donations from Israel Adesanya. (H/T – NZ Herald)
So far New Zealand has reported 1078 cases of Coronavirus with 9 dead. In Adesanya’s home country of Nigeria, there has been 378 cases with 11 deaths.
Israel Adesanya last fought at UFC 248 in March against Yoel Romero. In this fight, he defeated Romero via unanimous decision in a lackluster fight. His next fight date is unclear as UFC has currently halted their operations because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
UFC had to cancel four fight cards from March 21 to April 18. When Israel Adesanya returns to the Octagon, he will likely be fighting Paulo Costa next.