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Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka donate to UNICEF for COVID vaccine distribution

There is just simply no hating Bayern’s dynamic midfield duo.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Atletico Madrid: Group A - UEFA Champions League Photo by Sebastian Widmann - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have made another huge step in their social work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per Bild, the Bayern Munich and Germany midfield duo donated half a million euros to UNICEF, in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund, which supports the 92 poorest countries in the world in terms of vaccines on behalf of COVAX. The money will be used in the logistics and deliveries of vaccines for about 132,000 people.

“The corona pandemic is not a national, but a global challenge. As one of the richest countries in the world, we in Germany are much better positioned in the fight against Corona than many of the poorest countries thanks to free vaccinations,” said Goretzka. “Joshua and I therefore quickly agreed that with WeKickCorona, we now also want to support the global vaccination program COVAX.”

Kimmich added: “The work of the Children’s Fund is very important, especially at this time. Leon and I are very grateful to all the supporters of WeKickCorona that we can continue to support the fight against the pandemic in a variety of ways.”

Goretzka and Kimmich had already launched their donation campaign “WeKickCorona” in March 2020, just when the pandemic was getting started. Now, according to Bild, WeKickCorona has already amassed over six million euros that have gone into more than 700 charitable organizations — food banks, hospitals, homeless shelters, animal shelters, blood donation services, etc.

It is just heartwarming to see these two players use their social status to raise awareness and money for those in need, especially in such troubling times. While vaccination rates are on the rise around the world, there are still plenty of countries that are in need of vaccines. Kimmich and Goretzka’s donation will no doubt be a huge asset to said countries, and hopefully will add a sense of urgency to the efforts made to help them.