The Red Devils star emerged as a champion of social justice in the fight against child hunger last year. His efforts have borne fruit as a large section of the vulnerable society has directly benefitted, thanks to him.
Rashford’s efforts forced the government to make a u-turn on plans not to fund free meals for school kids during the summer break. This has proved to be a godsend to those dependent on the scheme, amidst the pandemic.
The award, which recognises the contribution of individuals who have campaigned on educational issues was given to Rashford the union’s virtual annual conference.
The player too expressed his honour at being given the award and thanked those at NEU for the same.
“I feel like together we’ve pushed each other to strive for more – and hopefully we can continue to do that.”
The Manchester NEU, from where Rashford’s nomination came in, called the United striker a credit to the city’s schools.
Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU also praised Rashford for his efforts and believes the United star gave voice to those whose calls for help may otherwise have gone unanswered.
“We have no doubt he will be a powerful campaigner on this issue for many years to come.”
While there has been progress, the fight is far from over.
Food charity, Fareshare, has admitted that Rashford’s efforts alone managed to pay for the food equivalent of more than 21 million meals. The 23-year-old is making as much of a difference off the field as he is on it.