US based Liberian mixed martial art prodigy, Dwight Jaytee Joseph has identified with the plight of his country by setting up a fund raising portal to roll back Ebola. Joseph is the brain behind the Knockout Ebola website.
There is a medley of news, insightful pieces of information, pictorials and animation on the Ebola response in Liberia to be gleaned at the Knockout Ebola website.
The mission of the website is intended to raise funds and awareness to help the fight against Ebola in Liberia.
Joseph said funds and donations are being made through the website (www.knockoutebola.com.) while the proceeds are automatically directed to the accounts of Samaritan Purse, an American humanitarian outfit working in Liberia.
He explained his motivation for this venture, saying “Like most people, I wanted to help in the fight against the Ebola virus. So I talked to my sponsors and got them on board to help me start this Knockout Ebola campaign. Our goal is to raise money and donations that will go directly to the Samaritan's Purse…”
The site has a link for donations and in addition to that as a celebrity of no mean stature in the entertainment industry, Dwight Joseph has produced specially designed Knockout Ebola T-shirts with his image imprinted on it for sale online.
He said the proceeds of every T-shirt purchased through the site will go directly to the accounts of Samaritan Purse. The site is widely visited because of the mixed martial art champion's fan base.
Making a case for his country on the site, he said Liberia has a significantly higher amount of cases and a higher death toll due to the crisis.
“This virus can have up to a 90% fatality rate. In August 2014, the country went into a state of emergency, closing most of its borders, putting restrictions on public gatherings and implementing a curfew. Officials called this the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and lacks the healthcare system …”
Even as there is a current declining level of the virus in the country, the gesture of Dwight Joseph, son of one of Liberia's prominent CPAs Theo Dekonty Joseph of Baker Tilly- Liberia is a cog in a wheel of efforts to roll back Ebola.
It can be recalled that Dwight Joseph was treated to heroic welcome when he visited Liberia early this year. The unassuming Dwight Joseph was quoted as saying he came to share the glory of professional exploit with compatriots and formally presented a won belt to the chief patron of Sports President Sirleaf.
He told newsmen that showcasing the prowess of Liberia has always been an added impetus as he participated in competitions, donning the country's flag.
Dwight Joseph's martial art exposure can be traced in Liberia with the Scorpions Taekwondo School under the leadership of Master Pewee Russian.