Amidst the outbreak of COVID-19, we have seen a wave of sports stars across various platforms step up to the mark in aiding a number of vital charities cope with this worldwide pandemic.
One sporting icon, in particular, doing his bit for the cause is the ‘Notorious’ one himself, Conor McGregor.
McGregor has certainly stepped up his efforts in recent weeks to utilise his mass following across his social media platforms to raise awareness on the virus as well as donate heavily towards pivotal PPE for frontline workers in hospitals.
McGregor, as we all know has somewhat of a bad-boy reputation and this has been known to land him in sticky situations throughout various points in his career.
As we are all aware of some of the bad points the ‘Notorious’ one may have in his character, he does also have a huge heart.
McGregor has been holding government officials and business leaders to account in order to protect his native Irish community.
McGregor posted a direct exchange on his Twitter account between himself and the Irish Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, who asked McGregor to encourage young people to social distance.
The UFC icon pledged his commitment to helping to spread the message to young people to help aid the fight against coronavirus.
McGregor is rallying for a “true lockdown”, he posted on his Instagram page his desire to see non-essential businesses closed down as well as airports and other places to help speed up the battle against coronavirus.
The former two-division UFC world champion has also donated generously the sum of €1m to go towards PPE for frontline workers in hospitals.
The Irishman wrote on his Twitter account “Today I am purchasing myself €1 million-euro worth of personal protective equipment to be deployed to all the fighting hospitals in the Leinster region. Our most affected region, to this date. St James, Mater, Tallaght, Beaumont, Vincent’s,” McGregor wrote to Donohoe.
The UFC star has certainly made a name for himself over the past half-decade and is arguably the biggest draw in UFC’s history.
McGregor has ventured wider than just MMA, having also broken into the business world, developing his own brand of Irish Whiskey – ‘Proper 12’.
As well as his business ventures and social media presence, McGregor is keeping one foot firmly in Dana White’s door, on the lookout for his next box office opponent.
So it seems McGregor has his fingers in many pies, whether it be inside or outside of the Octagon.
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