Italy: National rugby player volunteers to flank Yellow Cross during coronavirus outbreak

Maxime Mbanda is normally best known for his powerful ball-carrying ability as a flanker for the Italian national rugby team and club side Zebre of Parma, but during the COVID-19 outbreak, he has found himself carrying patients in an ambulance instead. Footage filmed on Friday shows the flanker explaining how he decided to start helping paramedics as cameras follow him volunteering for the day... Еще. «Once they stopped training, matches and the championship, I found myself back at home twiddling my thumbs and thus I asked myself what I could do for my community,» explains Maxime. In rugby, flankers are usually recognised as great all-rounders. Maxime's proves this stereotype to be true in the footage as we see him loading ambulances and helping colleagues safely apply protective clothing, as well as trying to inspire others to follow his lead. «A message that I would like to send to all the young people who find themselves at home alone and do not live with older people, children or anyone immunosuppressed. If the only thing they can do now due to boredom is to complain on social media, then search or call and look for someone who needs help at this time and surely you will find them,» stated Maxime. Italy has been one of the worst-hit countries since the COVID-19 outbreak began. The country is currently reporting 119,827 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 14,681 people have died in Italy thus far.

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