Recently, Germany and German football, showed the world, – and some supposedly human rights countries-, that treating refugees with care, respect and compassion is the way it should be. Real Madrid is also taking a stand by donating $1.1 million to aid refugees in Spain.
Real Madrid has become the latest football club to come to the aid of refugees arriving in Europe after announcing it will donate €1 million ($1.1 million) to help displaced people taken in by Spain.
“Faithful to its commitment to charity, the club has taken this decision with the aim of supporting men, women and children who have been forced to leave their homes in order to flee from war and death,” read a statement published on the Real Madrid’s website Saturday.
Florentino Perez, confirmed the move after discussing the issue with Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy by phone Friday, the club said. [Source: CNN]
“Real Madrid is considering various initiatives and schemes with a special focus placed on the youngest refugees. Real Madrid will also make some of the club’s infrastructure and sports goods available to the (Spanish government’s) inter-ministerial commission that organizes the system for receiving refugees.”
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, also took to Twitter Friday to weigh in on the issue which has dominated news reports and front pages across the continent in the past week.
“No one at the national team is indifferent to Europe’s refugee crisis. All our thoughts are with those people,” he wrote.
Those who know me and who follow my blog know that I genuinely believe that football can make the world a better place. Football has the power to unite people, bring different cultures together and put an end to wrongdoings. The refugee crisis shows us just that.
It is heartwarming to finally see football fans, clubs, and organisations speak up. Cristiano Ronaldo who is extremely involved in charity and strong human causes proves (once more) to the world that he is more than a fantastic footballer. He is just human.