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Ronaldinho. Wants to help in Middle East
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Soccer star to aid terror victims

Brazilian soccer prodigy Ronaldinho to donate footballs, shirts signed with his personal autograph to Israeli children who fell victim to terror

The world's best soccer player, Brazilian Ronaldinho, has joined the efforts to help Israeli children who fell victim to terror attacks. Brazil's newspapers reported Sunday that the famous athlete will soon grant the kids footballs signed with his personal autograph.


The Israeli "One Family" fund, whose members initiated the contact with Ronaldinho, lauded the contribution and said that "this will warm the hearts of the children who have suffered so much."


The fund's romance with the world of soccer started last year, when a contact person working for "One Family" approached Ronaldinho and asked that he donate signed footballs for the children. The soccer legend immediately agreed to cooperate, and the footballs were soon after sent to Israel and distributed among the thrilled kids.


Following the initiative's great success and the joy it brought the children, the fund decided to ask Ronaldinho for another donation of footballs, as well as other merchandise signed by him, such as socks and shirts. Barcelona's star again consented willingly.


Notably, Ronaldinho was quoted in the past as saying he would like to assist in improving the situation in the Middle East, and have expressed his desire to visit Israel.


"We thank Ronaldinho for the contribution that will put a smile on the faces of many kids," a spokesman for the fund said Sunday.


David Regev contributed to the report


Story first published by Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth


פרסום ראשון: 03.27.06, 10:01
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