Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has donated three million Egyptian dollars ($156,965) to help rebuild a church destroyed by fire in Egypt.
No fewer than 41 people died in Giza, which is across the Nile from Cairo, following an inferno that struck while an estimated 1,000 Coptic Christian worshippers gathered for Mass at the Abu Sifin church on Sunday.
The fire, which officials believed was started by an electrical fault in an air conditioning unit, blocked an exit and caused a stampede with 18 children reported to be among the dead.
While sending his condolences, Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ordered the armed forces to rebuild the church and now Salah, who enjoys a cult status in the country, will be part of that.
Salah, who has scored one goal in Liverpool’s two opening Premier League games, is not new to supporting charitable causes at home and abroad.
The 30-year-old, born in Nagrig, north of Egypt, was recently ranked as the eighth most generous person in the UK, having given away nearly £2.5 million of his estimated £41 million wealth.
Salah also gave away £2.4 million to the National Cancer Institute in Cairo three years ago, after it was damaged by a car bomb and has assisted in building a hospital, school, youth centre and ambulance unit in Nagrig, as well as providing five acres of land for a waste treatment plant.
He is also reported to have bought gym equipment, paid for couples to get married and purchased youth football trophies in Nagrig in addition to a donation of £26,612 to the Association of Veteran Egyptian Players to help former footballers who are struggling after retirement.
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