Mesut Ozil And Fiancee To Celebrate Marriage By Paying For Surgeries For 1000 Children In Need

Mesut Ozil will mark his marriage to fiancee Amine Gülşe today by paying for the surgeries of 1000 children in need.

Ozil has been a huge supporter of the charity BigShoe, who work with German and Swiss doctors to provide life-changing surgeries to kids who need it.

Their partnership has existed since the World Cup and they have worked together on three different projects across Brazil, Africa and Russia.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Now, Ozil and his other half are giving back again as they celebrate their special day. The Arsenal midfielder posted a lengthy statement on Twitter announcing the pledge and revealing how people can get involved.

"Many fans have asked me, my close relatives and friends about our wishes for tomorrow's wedding. As a professional footballer I am in a fortunate and privileged position," Ozil wrote.

"However, I invite everyone who is willing and able to help to support a very special project close to both of our hearts that we will undertake with BigShoe.

"Amine and I will bear the expenses for surgeries of 1000 children in need. I'd be happy if in addition, many more treatments all over the world can be fulfilled."

Ozil has been incredibly generous with his charity work and is an ambassador for the Rays Of Sunshine charity

It was through that that he met Arsenal fan Callum Axford, who he then invited for a special surprise tour around his house

Axford, from Thundersley, Essex, was born prematurely with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and is currently living with Neurofibromatosis, Chronic Lung Disease and Cerebral Palsy.

Due to his condition, Callum must visit hospital regularly for check-ups and to monitor his lungs, so when his parents told him that he was heading for a routine doctor's appointment, the 8-year-old thought nothing of it.

Image: Rays Of Sunshine
Image: Rays Of Sunshine

Little did Callum know when he arrived at the building that it was his favourite football player's home. His reaction was just priceless.

Rays of Sunshine was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of seriously ill young people and their families across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community.

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