Rafael Nadal’s amazing gesture to help people amid the coronavirus pandemic

(Reuters) – Rafael Nadal has issued a rallying cry and called on Spanish athletes to help raise 11 million euros to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Spain is one of the most badly affected countries in the world with over 56,000 cases and the parliament voted to extend the coronavirus lockdown to at least April 12 after the death toll rose to over 4,000 by Thursday.

Rafa said he spoke with NBA’s Pau Gasol about what they could do to help and came up with the initiative to support the Red Cross in procuring protective equipment and infrastructure to assist vulnerable families in Spain affected by the virus.

“I think that we’re the athletes that we are in large part because of your support and now is that time that your athletes don’t fail you,” Rafa said in a video.

“We reached the conclusion that now is the time to launch an initiative which we hope that all Spanish sports come together in a show of solidarity and a good example of unity to align ourselves with the Red Cross Responde.

“The objective is clear, it’s to raise 11 million euros to help 1.35 million people. We trust that all of Spanish sport comes on board… Pau and I have already made our donations and we trust in you to make sure that this is our best victory.”

Rafa joins a list of athletes helping out the needy, with Roger Federer also announcing on Wednesday that he was donating one million Swiss Francs ($1.03 million) to vulnerable families in his native Switzerland.

Source: Reuters

24 comments

  1. Hi Rafans, hope everyone is doing OK? Did you all see Rafa’s Instagram Live earlier? If you don’t do Instagram, apparently it’s been posted on YouTube now as well. Guests are Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Juan Monaco – the chats are less serious than the Andy-Novak one. A little bright spot in these dark days.

  2. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) SENDING BIG HUGS AND SO EXCITED BECAUSE I JUST FOUND ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR MANY PRECIOUS BRILLIANT YOUTUBE CLIP TITLED: “RAFA NADAL GOD MODE POINTS” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) SO BEAUTIFUL…..A TRUE ARTIST GOAT OF ALL GOATS……LOVE IT AND IT DELIGHTS MY HEART TO NO END…..ESPECIALLY I LOVE SEEING THE REACTIONS OF YOUR OPPONENTS…… HIGHLY RECOMMANDED TO ALL TENNIS LOVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART AND WATCHING YOUR REPLAYS ARE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL TREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS AND ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL EVENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOX

  3. Rafa is a true leader, on and off the court. Amazing and inspiring man. When I first came to “know” him, over ten years ago, I thought maybe there really is hope for the human race if we can produce a man like him.

    Really proud of the Big 3, each doing what they can to help their countries in this truly terrible time.

  4. VAMOS SWEETHEART FOR BEING SUCH A PRECIOUS PERSON!!!! : ) ! YOUR ACTIONS ARE VERY SPECAIL AND WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR BELOVED COUNTRY SPAIN IS IN OUR HEARTS AND WE ARE EXTENDING OUR DEEP SYMPATHY TO ALL THE FAMILIES WHO LOST THEIR LOVED ONES. VERY SAD AND WAY TOO MANY. FORWARDING SPEEDY WELL WISHES TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT WELL, AND MAY THEIR RECOVERY BE SWIFT. WE LOVE YOU DEAR RAFA AND VERY MOVED BY YOUR KINDNESS AND ACTION TO HELP YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS. GOD BLESS YOU SWEETHEART AND ALL BEST TO YOU AND YOURS. BY THE WY, I AM WATCHING YOUR 2019 US OPEN FINAL RIGHT NOW, …..21 MINUTES ITO IT AND I HAD TO TAKE A BREAK TO EXTEND THX FOR THE DELIGHTFUL PLEASURE YOU BRING!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SWEETHEART….. MUCHAS GRACIAS FOR THE JOY YOU BRING WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL TENNIS! TAKE GOOD CARE! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOX

  5. I am proud to be a tennis fan this week, with all of the big 3 making donations to help the people of their respective countries. Both Roger and Novak have made the news here, but I haven’t heard of any other sportspeople doing anything like this. I would guess that Rafa’s donation is as much as Roger’s and Novak’s, but as usual he’s made this not about him, but about encouraging others to donate as well. I hope the target figure, or more, is achieved. Gracias, Rafa.

    I hope all of you fans are staying safe and well.

  6. This is fantastic of you Rafa. . I’m in the USA, but I’m going to donate to your country. I’ve read how bad it is over there and I want to help my Spanish brothers and sisters.

  7. Vamosssssss Rafa you are so nice human being your fans love for ever stay safe 🎾🇺🇸😘🙏🙏

    • As always, Rafa comes to the aid of his people – truly caring abd humble to the core. It’s also good to see Roger and Novak assisting their respective country people too.

      Whilst the high ranked players can afford to donate, there are stuggling low ranked players who are hit hard by the virus crisis. A petition is being signed calling for financial support from the ITF, ATP and WTA.. Let’s hope that these organisations will assist.

  8. We all hope this shall be behind us all over the planet soon, support each other like the Tennis sports and all the other sports that are coming togeather . life is good. we shall watch tennis agion soon… stay strong world… Happy days soon.. Thank you Rafa…. stay well……… High Point NC. usa.

  9. Rafa is such an inspiration particularly in time of crisis . He contributed 1 million Euro when the floods affected a community near his home place in Mallorca and went to help.
    He has a great social conscience and always thinks of a positive way to help . His caring and kindness shines through . It is a frightening time in the world and Spain devastated with this dreadful virus .
    This initiative led by Rafa and Pau Gasol will bring positive results from sports people and others
    Rafa you are a true leader . Keep safe .

  10. Yes, it’s a lovely thing to do (although I do wish he’d lose the beard!). It’s very upsetting to hear about what’s happening in Spain and Italy. Stay safe, everyone.

  11. I totally agree with these comments. What a fabulous person what can I say. My favourite person in the whole world! Love and best wishes to your whole family and keep safe and well!

  12. Gracias, Rafael Nadal. You are a true leader. Your country is under siege, and you are stepping up to help as you did previously. You set an example that will encourage others around the world to contribute whatever they can to fight this pandemic. This disease knows no boundaries, and everyone is affected. We need all of our resources and the leadership of intelligent, informed individuals. We are proud to support you as an incredible athlete. Now, we see you as much more
    than a tennis phenomenon, but as an outstanding world citizen. Thank you 🙏💪👏👍🤛❤️

  13. HELLO RAFA
    YOU ARE A TRUE CHAMPION ON AND OFF THE COURT.
    LOVE YOU RAFA. STAY SAFE STAY BLESSED ALWAYS.

  14. Nothing out of character. Nadal is just that kind of a person. We all can do something even in a small way yet collectively such will make a difference,

    Let’s not forget social distancing and self isolating as Nadal keeps reminding us

  15. “I knew Rafa wouldn’t sit still in a time of crisis, not in his DNA.” My best friend’s text to me earlier, I couldn’t agree more……Thank you Rafa!🙏❤️

    • It does not surprise Us at all that Nadal will come forward with a wonderful idea. Always generous, a truly good person at heart, that’s why he is so loved all over the world.

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