Arsenal soccer star and England international Bukayo Saka joined hands with the BigShoe charity organization to foot the bill for life-changing surgeries for 120 children in his native Nigeria. According to Goal, the surgeries were done for children in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano.
And the children were said to have undergone the surgeries in October. The medical conditions the beneficiaries were suffering from included inguinal hernias, umbilical hernias, and brain tumors.
Touching on the partnership and kind gesture, Saka, whose parents are from Nigeria, said he feels “blessed to be in a position where I can contribute to making the children’s lives easier and better through these surgeries.”
“I still feel very connected to Nigeria,” he added. “For me, it is very important to use my abilities to have a positive impact where I can and I have to say a big thank you to the whole BigShoe team for making this possible. For me it is important that every child has the same opportunity to achieve their dreams.
“If I can do anything to help then I really want to do this, it was very important to me. It makes me happy when I can see the kids happy and their parents happy. I want to do more and more and help as many children as I can. This isn’t about me, it is about the 120 children.”
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In front of the World Cup 2022 we've covered 120 life-changing surgeries for children in Kano, Nigeria. A big thank you to the doctors and team of the Prime Specialist Hospital.#BigShoe #OneTeam pic.twitter.com/cMPJHfMUI4
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Aside from his charitable efforts, Saka and his England teammates are in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, which begins on Sunday.
The 21-year-old is also not the first soccer star to collaborate with BigShoe to provide financial assistance to children in need of medical treatment, according to talkSPORT. Antonio Rudiger, a Real Madrid player, also collaborated with the organization to provide financial assistance for surgeries in Sierra Leone. Rudiger, whose mother is from the West African country, used his World Cup bonus from Germany to pay for the surgeries.