WWE star Sami Zayn has launched a mobile clinic in Syria after fronting a worldwide fundraising campaign.
The Canadian wrestler, who is of Syrian descent, partnered with the SAMS Foundation to help raise money to provide medical care to those affected by the conflict in the country.
Tears of joy on the proudest day of my life.
Our mobile clinic in Syria is up & running!
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) August 31, 2017
When launching the appeal, he said that it was a cause close to his heart.
He told Al Arabiya: “For me, it’s something that’s been on my mind. It’s obviously a subject that’s very personal to me, being Syrian.
“I’m a Canadian-born Syrian, my parents are from Syria, my family lives in Syria—a lot of them have been displaced. I visited the country when I was younger. For the longest time, I wanted to figure out a way to help.”
In the lead up to the WWE’s showpiece event SummerSlam, he matched donations made by fans to help raise the total to over $67,000.
Yesterday, he tweeted that it was the ‘proudest day of my life’ as the clinic got up and running.
Fan favourite Zayn, nicknamed the Underdog from the Underground, has also been a part of the WWE’s fundraising efforts for people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
And earlier this year, he sent a personal video message to London policeman Charlie Guenigault, who tackled the London Bridge attackers while off duty and wearing a Zayn t-shirt.