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Gerard Piqué. FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

The FCB Foundation handed over the kit to aid the ‘Together for Africa’ campaign, which will try to involve the greatest number of people with a prize draw.  The kit included 10 shirts, 5 footballs signed by a number of players such as Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Piqué, a pair of gloves used and signed by Victor Valdés and a signed pair of Leo Messi’s boots.

The campaign is jointly organised by the La Caixa savings bank foundation, the Real Madrid Foundation and the FC Barcelona Foundation in benefit of UNICEF, UNHCR and FAO.  The aim is to raise money to meet with the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.

The ‘Together for Africa’ project was launched in the CaixaForum in Madrid on 9th December.  Among those present at the ceremony were Carles Rexach, adviser to the president of FC Barcelona, and Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid’s director of institutional relations.

Football and solidarity

The La Caixa foundation opened a bank account in the name of the campaign on 9th December, on the eve of the ‘clasico’ in the Bernabeu, and donated 100,000€.  The account number is 2100-0900-91-0211634155 and donations from the general public are welcome until 22nd April 2012, the date of the return match against Real Madrid in the Camp Nou.  Donations can also be made at www.juntosxafrica.com


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