BIG-HEARTED Dries Mertens hopes to encourage others to take up charitable causes after it was revealed he helps quite a lot of organisations.
On Thursday it was revealed the Napoli star fed pizzas to the homeless, rescued a canine shelter from closure and even ‘married’ a younger most cancers affected person he had met at hospital.
The 30-year-old did all this stuff in secret, not hoping for reward.
However after the information unfold round Europe, Mertens has now addressed the rumours.
Posting a video to Instagram, that confirmed him serving to out on the canine shelter and chatting with in poor health youngsters at a hospital, Mertens stated he hoped to encourage others to “take motion”.
He wrote: “Ultimately I attempted to assist the place I may.
“It was not me intention to let individuals know sure issues, however since some newspapers have began to put in writing about them, I desire to put up a video of what I’ve carried out.
“Perhaps I could make others wish to do it.
DRIES AND TOMATO PIZZA Napoli ahead Dries Mertens delivers pizza to the homeless, rescued a canine shelter from closure and even ‘married’ a most cancers affected person at an area youngsters’s hospital
“Serving to these in problem, even just a little, doesn’t require a lot effort.
“I want to see you doing it too.”
On one evening in December, Mertens determined to purchase a stack of pizzas and hand them out to individuals in Naples.
He beforehand had obtained ‘married’ to a teenage most cancers affected person, Aurora, with whom he had grow to be good pals.
On Instagram he wrote: “Sadly I’m already married, as a result of you’re a fantastic lady!”
The ahead is a frequent customer to youngsters on terminal and intensive care wards.
Together with spouse Katrin, he additionally paid for an area canine shelter to remain open when it confronted closure.
When the information was introduced, he stated: “I went with Katrin and my buddy Antonio to the La Fenice kennel and I am actually very unhappy, as a result of I noticed so many deserted canines.
“I ask everybody for assist to discover a household for these canines.
“We’ve got adopted Juliette and we’re very glad to assist the kennel workers, however along with their nice work, the assistance of every certainly one of you is critical.”
His personal canine, Juliette, is a rescue animal.
Mertens additionally sends drugs to Venezuelan youngsters and likewise collects individuals’s second hand garments and donates them to youngsters who cannot afford to purchase their very own.
As soon as he noticed a photograph on Instagram of a kid in Guinea sporting his Napoli shirt.
Mertens tracked down the photographer and ultimately despatched the kid a signed shirt – in addition to the remainder of his college jumpers and different fundamental requirements.