Lone Star Captain Sam Johnson Joins Fight Against Coronavirus

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The captain of Liberia’s senior national team may be stuck in the U.S. due to the pandemic, but Sam Johnson hasn’t forgotten about Liberia. Through his non-profit, he has made several donations to communities, health workers, and the Women in Peace Building Network.

On Thursday, April 2, the Real Salt Lake striker donated food and other materials to be used in the fight against the virus. His foundation visited the National Public Health Institute of Liberia and donated 35 25kg bags of rice, 16 gallons of oil, five large buckets for washing hands, cartons of washing soap, and L$50,000 to be used by health workers at quarantine centers around Liberia.

For the Women in Peace Building Network, Johnson provided three large hand washing buckets, five bags of the rice, four gallons of oil, soaps, and chlorine.

The Sam Johnson Foundation also has begun awareness for the virus in Paynesville’s ELWA community, New Kru Town, West Point, and Fish Market, where workers distributed hands sanitizer, soap, and handwashing buckets to aid the fight against the spread of the virus.

The former Wuhan Zall frontman told The Bush Chicken that the donations were only the beginning of the process, as he plans to reach out to Grand Bassa, Nimba, and other counties.

“The fight against the Coronavirus is all of us fight,” he said. “It’s tough here in the U.S. and I can’t be back home but I’m grateful to God that I can we all can fight against the virus. We started with Montserrado and we will extend to Grand Bassa, Nimba, and other counties. It’s my hope and prayers that the virus doesn’t spread in Liberia.”

Featured photo courtesy of Emmanuel Jipoh

T Kla Wesley Jr.

T. Kla Wesley Jr. is a member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

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