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Former Newcastle star pays for astonishing 5,000 wheelchairs and crutches

5 years ago

One-time Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins has been making headlines once again.

In his three seasons at Newcastle, the Nigerian international scored 28 goals in 76 league starts (plus 12 as sub).

A number of short-term moves followed before he really hit form again when enjoying life at Seattle Sounders and scoring a lot of goals.

A move to China and Shanghai Shenhua has guaranteed a massive payday in his later years, though great to see he isn’t just stockpiling his cash.

Through his Obafemi Martins Foundation, the former Premier League striker has donated 2,000 wheelchairs and 3,000 crutches to physically challenged athletes.

Complete Sports Nigeria report that they will be given to people in Surulere, Orile Iganmu, Lagos Island and Yaba, with the first beneficiaries being Paralympians who represented Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

The manager of the Obafemi Martins Foundation, Deji Olusesan:

“Giving out these items is nothing to Obafemi Martins because God has blessed him and he has also made a pledge to always give back to the society.

“The first phase of this donation is on now, while the second phase will be in April. Aside from these wheelchairs, some relief materials will be donated specially to the physically challenged.”

These 2,000 wheelchairs and 3,000 crutches are only the first part of he initiative, with Obafemi Martins set to supply more help to physically challenged athletes as well as non-athletes.

Complete Sports Nigeria also confirmed that Martins is no stranger to doing good for his community.

The one-time Newcastle player having regularly donated money to orphanages and to the sick who cannot afford their hospital bills.


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