UFC champion, Israel Adesanya, has donated medical equipment to health workers in New Zealand to assist in the fight against coronavirus.
The boxer is providing 10,000 three-ply face masks and 1,000 eye protection face shields to healthcare workers at Whanganui Hospital in New Zealand.
His mother, Tai, works as a nurse at Whanganui Hospital’s emergency department.
Adesanya is also donating personal protective equipment to staff in Auckland and Lagos.
The equipment is expected to arrive within two weeks.
“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,” he told the Whanganui Chronicle.
Adesanya successfully defended his middleweight title against Cuban, Yoel Romero, in March.
Chief executive of Whanganui District Health Board (DHB), Russell Simpson, thanked the 30-year-old for his generosity and for helping staff keep safe during the pandemic.
“The DHB is extremely grateful that Israel has DHB staff and the healthcare community in his thoughts as we fight against Covid-19,” he said.
“On behalf of all of the staff at Whanganui DHB, we thank him for his generous donation.”
New Zealand has reported 1,078 positive cases of coronavirus with 728 of them recovered. The nation has also reported a total of nine deaths.
Nigeria, however, has reported 373 positive cases, 99 recovered and 11 deaths.