By launching his kitty on July 20 to come to the aid of Algeria, his country of origin, against the Covid-19, Merouane Messekher did not imagine for a moment that his initiative would meet with such success.
"I told myself that by obtaining 2,500 or 5,000 euros, that would already be that", confides this young intern in pulmonology.
Eleven days later, his hopes are largely fulfilled.
The pot is now closed, and the counters have literally exploded.
More than 627,000 euros were raised in total.
A crazy, viral success, which now makes this young man of 30 want to inflate this jackpot.
“When we saw what was happening in Tunisia, we said to ourselves that the situation would soon be just as dramatic, so we went for it.
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His idea, initially, is to shoot a video to increase the visibility of his action on social networks. He calls on a photographer friend to shoot it and publish it. Quickly, the machine is racing. “A friend, a director in Algeria, posted the video and the link to the kitty on a Messenger loop which included a number of Algerian personalities. They relayed it in turn and everything quickly started, ”he explains. Among the most famous contributors, Algerian footballers and influencers such as Just Riadh and Fahd El. Actress Leïla Bekhti, French footballer Franck Ribéry and DJ Snake also contributed.
The success is such that it ended up going beyond the Algerian diaspora alone. “Mayors called me to ask me how they could contribute to the building, French associations too, it was very strong, relishes Merouane Messekher. With this sum and the support of Algerian associations, networks of doctors and students and the network of suppliers of the young doctor, the material began to be sent to the other side of the Mediterranean. “We will be completely transparent,” he promises. We will post all the invoices, and we will show everything we were able to buy. "
This fund was aimed primarily at delivering oxygen concentrators to Algeria. But the young intern in pulmonology does not intend to stop there. In Algeria, doctors are also cruelly lacking in drugs, anticoagulants and antibiotics, this momentum should not stop there. Even before the end of this operation, a second operation was therefore launched. A new call for donation must be broadcast within 48 hours. With the hope of at least comparable success.