The tennis player Rafael Nadal and the basketball player Pau Gasol have started this Thursday the ‘Red Cross Responds’ campaign to unite all Spanish athletes with the aim of raising 11 million euros and helping 1,350,000 people in the fight against the pandemic of the coronavirus.
Nadal and Gasol have made it public through two messages on social networks, in which both express their confidence in “uniting all Spanish sport”, in moments “hard, sad and difficult to explain,” as the tennis player acknowledges. Majorcan. Nadal admits in the message that he is suffering “the impact of the pandemic that has changed all of our lives,” he says.
“Honestly, I’ve been at home for a few days thinking about how I can help, contribute my grain of sand in this situation that is totally new for everyone,” he explains. “After giving it many laps I have come to the conclusion that you, the entire Spanish people, have never failed the athletes. We are who we are in large part thanks to your support and it is the moment when athletes cannot fail, “he adds.
The winner of 19 Grand Slam titles, number two player in the world, says he called his “friend Pau” to start a solidarity campaign. «He also thought the same and the moment to start this initiative. We are confident that all Spanish sports will come together, “says Rafa Nadal.
Gasol, for his part, points out in his message that the world is facing “an unprecedented situation.” “To a greater or lesser extent we are all suffering the consequences of this terrible pandemic,” said former pivot of the NBA teams, Menphis Grissliez, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazer. “But above all, those who are on the front line, the health professionals who are there to care for people who have contracted the virus and are totally overwhelmed, and in many cases, without the means to do so,” he highlights.
“We want to achieve our best victory,” says Gasol. “Starting today, together with my great friend Rafa Nadal, we started a campaign to raise funds for the” Red Cross Responds “project aimed at people most affected by the coronavirus,” says the Spanish basketball player.
Gasol ends his message by admitting that he and his friend Nadal’s goal “is very ambitious.” “We want to achieve a collection of 11 million euros to serve more than 1,350,000 people. My donation and Rafa’s are already on the way. I trust that all Spanish sports will join this call so that together we can defeat this virus. The time has come for our best victory », ends Pau Gasol.