Barça backs a good cause: Sweep Away Hunger with the Sweepstake
FC Barcelona President, Sandro Rosell, accompanied by the Catalan President Artur Mas and the President of the ‘Fundació Banc dels Aliments’, Antoni Sansalvadó presented today the campaign “Enviem la fam a la porra” – “Sweep Away Hunger with the Sweepstake”.
Barcelona (FCB).- The campaign, which was presented at the headquarters of the Fundació Banc dels Aliments this Thursday lunchtime, is led by the Fundació FC Barcelona. The campaign works for the Fundació Banc dels Aliments with the collaboration of the Catalan Government - la Generalitat de Catalunya. The campaign also has the support of the private companies Pastas Gallo, Arròs Montsià, Oli Borges, Sorli Discau and Llet Nostra, as well as the support of the The Love Comes Foundation.
Solidarity from \u201Cfirst class\u201D institutions
During the presentation, FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell underlined the importance of the campaign: \u201Cwe are helping people here at home, whilst not forgetting the international dimension of our Club\u201D. The President called the campaign \u201Cfantastic\u201D and went on to explain: \u201Cwe are very happy to be involved in a project alongside such good company\u201D.
The Catalan President Artur Mas also stressed the exceptional nature of the campaign, which aims to collect as much basic foodstuffs as possible to help those most in need in the country, whilst drawing attention to the plight of the people close to home who are suffering from hunger: \u201Cbetween us, we have to help them and this campaign is a good way to channel this country\u2019s solidarity\u201D.
The organisations involved in the campaign also received praise from Artur Mas, who declared: \u201Cwe have brought together a first class organisation - the Banc dels Aliments- a first class club and a first class country\u201D.
Everybody who takes part in the campaign, either by personally bringing in foodstuffs or donating online, can take part in a sweepstake on the result of the Barça-Real Madrid final of the Spanish Cup. During the presentation, Sandro Rosell made his own prediction: \u201CI bet that we will win 5-0!\u201D, whilst the Catalan President didn\u2019t go for a result, but reckoned: \u201Cwe\u2019ll win by four goals \u2013like the four stripes on our Catalan flag\u201D and Antoni Sansalvadó went for a closer margin: \u201CBarça to win 3-1\u201D.
Concern for local problems
The campaign arose out of the Fundació FC Barcelona\u2019s concern for problems which directly affect Catalan society. There are currently 1.325.000 people living below the poverty line in Catalonia and the Banc dels Aliments de Catalunya helped 52.000 families in 2008, 90.000 in 2009 and 165.000 in 2010 \u2013 a figure which continues to grow and underlines the need to support the Banc\u2019s efforts to enable it to continue its important social work.
Anybody can participate in the collection of foodstuffs, either in person or via the campaign\u2019s official website www.enviemlafamalaporra.org , which is available in English.
During the month of April, you may donate in person at the following sporting events:
- Saturday 2 April, Regal FCB - Biscaia. Palau Blaugrana, 18.00.
- Saturday 9 April, USAP - Toulon. Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, 16.30.
- Saturday or Sunday 9/10 April, FCB \u2013 Almeria. Camp Nou.
Foodstuffs will be collected on the day of the games at the entrances to the Palau Blaugrana, Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys and Camp Nou.
Donations via the website can be made and Sorli Discau, who is collaborating with the campaign, will then deliver the foodstuffs to the Fundació Banc dels Aliments.
Schools, supporters clubs and companies involved
As well as Barça members and fans, 15 schools from all over Catalonia are also participating in the campaign, as well as the five company sponsors -Arròs Montsià, Pastas Gallo, Llet Nostra, Grup Borges and Sorli Discau.