December 14th, 2010
Charity Chatter: Footballers Decking Your Walls and Halls
Source: Lavozlibre, Europa Press
Hands up if you’re massive fans of Advent Calendars like we are at Kickette HQ? Our staffers salivate, (eerily similar to Pavlov’s dogs), at the prospect of popping open another cardboard cutout each day to reveal some low-budget chocolate to nibble on as our post-breakfast-not-yet-lunch snack.
Mmm. Low-budget chocolate.
You see, while there are many reasons why we love Christmas, it’s the month-long simple pleasures that really brings out the best in us and our humble site’s subjects. For example, December is the one time per year that we’re not only permitted – but encouraged! – to drink ourselves into a merrily-intoxicated state of oblivion at the annual office party…without remorse.
You’ve all been there, so don’t judge. Just accept that we’ll be taking a much-needed hiatus in about 10 days time to lay around and do a whole ‘lotta nothing. Remember: its the little things that count.
During this season of merriment and minced pies, even the Grinchiest of footballers manage to morph into yule tide cheerleaders, often giving to those most in need.
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and Leo Messi, plus Spanish NT manager Vincente Del Bosque, are one-fourth of the dozen celebrities posing for the Anima Foundation’s Soul Project calendar, with proceeds going to improving the well being of terminally ill children.
Notable athletes taking part in the fairytale festivities include tennis player/new Armani underwear model Rafa Nadal, basketball player Marc Gasol and Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa, in addition to singers, designers and artists of international stature.
Roma Scende in Campo/Rome Takes The Field
For the second year in a row, football and basketball stars from arch-rival Italian clubs, AS Roma and Lazio, squared off against one another on the hardwood to support the World Food Programme. While Team Italy (Daniele De Rossi, Stefano Okaka, Greco, Rocchi. Floccari and Datome) played the Rest of the World (Rodrigo Taddei, Fernando Muslera, Philippe Mexes, Hernanes and Washington), Marco Borriello (who fractured his face last weekend, ouch!), Francesco Totti, Jon Arne Riise and a few other famous faces cheered and jeered from the sidelines before the game ended in a score we don’t care to understand. Plus, the ill-fitting nylon was somewhat unnecessary.
One EPL club is doing it the old-fashion way, by forcing their most enthusiastic-looking footballers to don Santa hats and send happy holiday wishes with their their John Hancocks. True story: Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov is still working on his “merry” face.
Match Against Poverty
UN Development Ambassadors, Ronaldo (of the Hefty Bag kind) and Zinedine Zidane, have once again called upon their all-star player friends to partake in a friendly match against Greek side, Olympiacos FC. Tonight’s Match Against Poverty kicks off from Piraeus, Greece, at 9:15 (local time) and the funds raised from this year’s game will benefit the millions of people affected by the earthquake in Haiti and by floods in Pakistan.
If seeing Pique slay a cotton-encased dragon doesn’t convince you to open your wallets, then perhaps your heart strings deserve a mighty tug courtesy of Andres Iniesta and his bear cub buddy (they’re starring in a special Christmas commercial together, FYI).
What other charitable contributions are your favourite ‘ballers committing to this Christmas, Kickettes? Do tell!