Conor McGregor is making a big contribution in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, announcing Wednesday that he is donating €1 million to purchase and donate medical supplies to various hospitals in the Republic of Ireland.
The UFC star posted messages on his social media over the last few days reminding those in his native land to stay safe and be vigilant against COVID-19.
McGregor posted a direct message exchange on his Twitter page with Ireland’s Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, who asked McGregor to encourage social distancing to younger people. The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion said he would continue his message to aid the fight with his donation to Irish hospitals.
“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.
“Where we would be without these brave men and women, I do not know. May God bless over them and keep them safe!”
McGregor posted on his Instagram page on Tuesday a plea for Irish politicians to fight the spread of the virus by initiating a ‘true lockdown’ in closing non-essential businesses, airports and other places.
Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has asked people to stay home, if at all possible and only go outside for work, essential supplies, to care for people or to exercise. According to RTE News, there has been rise of confirmed cases of the coronavirus to 1,564.
The 31-year-old McGregor said he has been saddened by what has happened throughout Ireland and the world because of the pandemic. But he is urging that much more be done to put a halt to the virus.
“I feel like we are moving in the right way, it just feels to me like it is not all the way. I urge all the way! “All in” is the term we must use here,” McGregor said. “Bit by bit [it] will cost us lives.”