Posting on his official Twitter account, Hummels called on his followers to donate €35 a month to the charity organisation, relaying the stark reminder than a child under the age of five still dies every 10 seconds as a result of hunger.
"Worldwide, every 10 seconds a child dies from hunger. No one should have to go through that: not someone like me, who has just become a father, a parent-to-be - not anyone. It's a deplorable state of affairs that we want to change and that, along with Unicef, we're taking on.
"With €35 you can give a child specialist food such as peanuts and pasta; the nourishment they need for a whole month. And that's the goal of this initiative: to safeguard 10,000 children and save them from this fate. We need donations and I'm calling on others, namely TagHeuer, Joko Winterscheidt and Julian Draxler: firstly to donate and secondly to spread awareness so that these conditions are changed for the better and as quickly as possible."
Alle zehn Sekunden stirbt ein Kind an den Folgen von Hunger. Das wollen wir ändern! Mit nur 35€ im Monat kann ein Kind vor diesem Schicksal gerettet werden. Um dabei zu helfen, nominiere ich @TAGHeuer, Julian #Draxler und @officiallyjoko#Stop10seconds— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) March 6, 2018
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Last year, Hummels also became the second high-profile footballer to join Juan Mata's Common Goal initiative, in which players pledge one per cent of their wages to funding football projects for disadvantaged children worldwide.