Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United striker who won the admiration of the Queen of England

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The striker had managed to get the government of Boris Johnson to reverse the idea of ​​cutting a plan to help underprivileged children. He is now a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 22, was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), for its actions against child poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.

The forward, also a member of the stable cast of the English team, led a crusade to prevent the government of the islands from leaving more than 1,300,000 children without food stamps during the coronavirus pandemic.

Under pressure from a player-led campaign, Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided in June to extend into the summer a free meals feeding program for underprivileged children launched during lockdown and school closings, the BBC noted. .

“The prime minister accepts with satisfaction the contribution of Marcus Rashford to the debate on poverty”, they affirmed from the government, in mid-June, to camouflage the retreat that they had to give due to the media pressure of the scorer.

Johnson had to fork out about 120 million pounds ($ 152 million), which he planned to cut in order to comply with the program after Rashford took a stand.

“I know what it is to be hungry,” the forward had said in an article published in The Times newspaper, trying to expose a political decision that would have consequences impossible to measure on those most in need.

But the scorer did not stay only in words. To reverse this situation, before Johnson backed down, the footballer had raised more than 20,000,000 pounds, which were destined to feed the most deprived.

In total, the queen distinguished 1,495 people and the list was to be public at first in June on the occasion of the 94th. Elizabeth II’s birthday, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.

These royal distinctions are awarded twice a year, for the New Year and on the occasion of the queen’s anniversary, celebrated in June despite the fact that she was born on April 21, 1926.

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