Coronavirus seems to have brought out the best in people, like Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, who set up the We Kick Corona initiative to support charities, groups, and organisations, who struggled financially due to the closures and restrictions that have occurred during the pandemic. So far it has raised more than €5 million.
The Bayern Munich players say: “As professional footballers, we live a healthy and privileged life. We feel obliged to take on responsibility in these difficult times”.
The aim of We Kick Corona is to support charities and organisations, big and small, who were struggling financially due to closures.
So far, the initiative has helped 480 projects all over Germany. This includes vital support relating directly to the pandemic, including food deliveries to those in isolation, hospital support, provision of medical equipment in the community, blood donation facilities and more.
However, it is not just health charities and initiatives that are receiving assistance, but also local and national charities who are struggling because of these exceptional circumstances: Alzheimer’s sufferers, people with drug addiction, women in danger and young people in deprived areas.
At the height of the crisis, charities providing these support facilities were no longer able to operate and fundraise in their usual way, so were losing money week after week. A charity like We Kick Corona is a lifeline for these organisations, some of which would have been on the brink of closure without financial aid.