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Opong Weah & Lahoud help raise Ebola awareness

OCTOBER 7, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Former FIFA World Player of the Year, George Opong Weah
Former FIFA World Player of the Year, George Opong Weah

Liberian football great, George Opong Weah and Sierra Leonean soccer player, Michael Lahoud are helping raise awareness about the deadly disease.

The duo, whose countries are hard hit by Ebola, are in their own way helping to support in rising awareness about the deadly virus.

The 48-year-old Weah, who recently returned to Monrovia from Accra, Ghana where he recorded an anti-Ebola song with his friend, musician Barima Sidney, told VOA he thought music was a great way to get the message out in the fight against Ebola.

In the song, the 1995 World, African and European Player of the Year talks about how Ebola is transmitted and how people can protect themselves from the disease.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Michael Lahoud, a midfielder for Sierra Leone’s national team and Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union club, is leading an online, social media campaign with the hashtag #KickEbolaInTheButt.

The campaign is modelled after the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised more than $100 million for the neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

#KickEbolaInTheButt encourages people to post video of themselves kicking a ball off a partner’s rear end. Donations go to Doctors Without Borders, which has been active in West Africa helping treat Ebola patients.

Lahoud says he was motivated by the prejudice and harsh treatment that Sierra Leone’s team received from opposing fans during 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches last month.

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