Amal Fashanu has taken her equality advocacy a notch higher with the launch of The Justin Fashanu Foundation. The nonprofit was founded in memory of Justin Fashanu, the first black footballer to be sold for a million pounds, only to commit suicide due to a career blighted by prejudice after openly declaring his sexual preference. Amal, Justin’s niece, has created the foundation to bring awareness to inequality and racism in sport and possibly stir up conversations that will lead to desired changes.
“Since I was a little girl, it has been a lifelong goal and ambition of mine to be an activist against all forms of discrimination. I guess this became my calling after Justin passed. From then on, I knew my mission,” said Amal Fashanu, founder of The Justin Fashanu Foundation.
There has been an unfortunate increase in the incidence of racism and inequality across the globe. The case is not particularly different in the world of sports with recent occurrences bringing to bear the need to put an end to the scourge. In a related development, Amal Fashanu has launched The Justin Fashanu Foundation, leveraging her first-hand experience with her uncle’s situation leading to his passing in 1998.
The foundation aims to look into the issues of homophobia, mental health, and racism, raising awareness about them, especially in the sporting world. The goal is to eradicate homophobia and racism in football while supporting persons suffering from different mental health issues by sharing knowledge, skills and improving learning. The Justin Fashanu Foundation will also be partnering with like-minded organizations and individuals to pursue the cause.
The Justin Fashanu Foundation is built on the principles of equality, integrity, transparency, and confidentiality, encouraging more positive dialogues about mental health and ultimately challenge people’s mindset to create a better society for everyone.
For more information about The Justin Fashanu Foundation and the initiatives from the nonprofit, visit – www.thejustinfashanufoundation.com. The campaign also continues across social media, including Facebook and Instagram.