United States based Liberian mixed martial artist Dwight Jaytee Joseph has identified with the plight of Liberians by setting up a fund raising website: www.knockoutebola.com
There is a medley of news, insightful pieces of information, pictorials and animation on the Ebola response in Liberia to be gleaned on the site. Its mission is to raise funds for awareness to fight the Ebola.
Joseph said funds and donations are being made through the website while the proceeds are automatically directed to the accounts of Samaritan Purse, an American humanitarian outfit working in Liberia.
“Like most people, I wanted to help in the fight against the Ebola virus. So I talked to my sponsors and got them on board to help me start this Knockout Ebola campaign,” he said.
The site has a link for donations and in addition to that as a celebrity of no mean stature in the entertainment industry and he has produced specially designed Knockout Ebola T- shirts with is image imprinted on it for sale online.
The site is widely visited because of the mixed martial art champion’s fan base.
Making a case for Liberia on the site he said: “Liberia has a significantly higher amount of cases and a higher death toll due to this crisis. This virus can have up to a 90% fatality rate. In August, a state of emergency was imposed, closing most of its borders, putting restrictions on public gatherings and implementing a curfew. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and lacks the healthcare system we have here in the United States to deal with the spread of this virus…”
Even as there is current declining level of the virus in Liberia Dwight Joseph’s gesture, is a cog in a wheel of efforts to roll back Ebola.
It may be recalled that Dwight Joseph was treated to a heroic welcome when he visited Liberia early this year. The unassuming Dwight Joseph was quoted as saying he came to share the glory of professional exploit with compatriots and formally presented a won belt to Chief Patron of Sports President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
He told newsmen that showcasing the prowess of Liberia has always been an added impetus as he participated in competitions, donning the country’s flag, a press release said yesterday.