Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé used the downtime in between the 3-0 victory over Olympique de Marseille and FC Nantes on Saturday at the Parc des Princes by helping the earthquake victims in Turkey.
Nearly a month after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated Turkey, the television channel TRT Spor broadcast a charity program on Wednesday to collect donations.
As a result, Mbappé was one of the participants in a television program in Turkey to support fundraising.
“I cannot imagine the pain that the Turkish community and all the inhabitants can feel,” the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner told the Turkish outlet. “Today’s program is an exceptional program, which shows that football world and all the communities support Turkey and will do everything to help it rebuild. It is a great honor for me to participate.
“I hope that Turkey will succeed in rebuilding itself as best as possible so that we can return to play in Turkey.” Mbappé also noted that he hoped his television appearance would “bring a smile back to the children.”
🗣️Kylian Mbappe: Bu gerçekten büyük bir trajedi. Herhalde hayal gücümüzün yetmeyeceği kadar büyüktü. Türkiye'nin neler yaşadığını tahmin edemiyorum. Bu yardım benim için çok önemli. Sıra dışı bir görev. Bu projenin bir parçası olduğum için gururluyum. pic.twitter.com/NWX6oGvZbZ
— TRT Spor (@trtspor) March 1, 2023
Furthermore, Mbappé took to Twitter to show his support which coincided with his television appearance in Turkey.
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) March 1, 2023
More than 50,000 people perished in Turkey and Syria in the earthquakes of Feb. 6, per a report obtained by AFP from several sources (h/t RMC Sport), and reassessed upwards on the Syrian side.
In Syria, the death toll stands at more than 5,900, according to a report compiled on Tuesday from cross-checks from several sources. The latest Turkish death toll from Sunday is over 44,300 dead.