Lions, England and Saracens Rugby Union star, Maro Itoje, will be partnering with Vodafone over the next three years to continue raising awareness of the digital divide and what can be done to tackle it.
The commitment will be met between now and the end of 2022 through a range of programmes, including Vodafone’s Great British Tech Appeal and its new ‘Buy One, Give One’ initiative for customers of Vodafone Together, Vodafone’s converged broadband and mobile package.
For every new and existing Vodafone Together household, Vodafone will provide a person in need with a SIM card, loaded with 20GB of data plus free calls and texts each month for up to a year. To ensure the connectivity reaches those who need it most, the SIMs will be distributed through the Trussell Trust’s UK network of food bank centres.
The pledge to connect one million people is the next stage of Vodafone’s long-term ambition to tackle digital exclusion.
“I’m extremely proud to be the ambassador for this brilliant new Vodafone initiative, helping give connectivity to many people in desperate need and raising awareness of this huge issue in our society,” said Maro. “Vodafone’s work during the pandemic stood it apart – and it’s fantastic to see this work continuing with a long-term commitment to make this change for good and fix digital poverty together.”
The England forward also recently made his star-studded selection on a zoom call.
Itoje has been mentored by some of the best players of all-time, won everything there is to win with Saracens while also starring for both England and the British & Irish Lions.
Check out his selection below.
- Prop: Mako Vunipola (England)
- Hooker: Jamie George (England)
- Prop: Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)