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Whanganui boy and New Zealand's 2019 Sportsman of the Year Israel Adesanya is showing his support in the fight against Covid-19.

The mixed martial arts exponent and UFC middleweight world champion is dipping into his own pocket to provide 10,000 three-ply face masks and 1000 eye protection face shields for Whanganui's frontline health staff.

Adesanya said it is a small way of helping, but a small thing can go a long way.

"I can't do it for the whole world, but I can help the communities I know, the places that I have been a part of."

He is also supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) in Auckland, where he now lives, and the Nigerian city of Lagos, where he was born.

Adesanya came to Whanganui as a teenager with his parents. His family still lives here, with his mum, Tai, a nurse in the emergency department at Whanganui Hospital.

The UFC champion first developed an interest in mixed martial arts and it was in Whanganui that he started a kickboxing career that has taken him to the international stages.

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