Rafael Nadal, in these weeks without tennis, is spending a lot of time at his Rafa Nadal Academy, as seen in the video shared with Carlos Moya and many young students. But the Spanish champion is also taking care of his Rafa Nadal Foudnation.
ENDESA, the electricity company, has donated € 400,000 which will be allocated to the Rafa Nadal Foundation Centers in Palma and Valencia, which will help the Foundation help the children and families whose situation has been aggravated due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Rafa Nadal Foundation receives donation form ENDESA
According to the foundation website, the plans include increasing the number of professionals, educators, sports technicians, psychologists and social workers - in the Palma center and expanding staff, and creating a psychotherapeutic department in the Valencia center.
María Francisca Perelló, director of the Rafa Nadal Foundation, commented: "Those families who were already in a vulnerable situation are now suffering even more severely due to the consequences of the pandemic.
Besides the economic and employment difficulties, emotional and social impact has now been added, which can affect the children’s personal and educational development negatively. We have been in contact with the families on a daily basis since the crisis started, so we were able to continue the assistance online.
We could also attend new needs, giving direct economic aids to the families worst affected or donations of school material and tablets. Now, thanks to this contribution from Endesa, we can go a step further and not only meet their basic needs but also improve the well-being of the children and their families in the long run."
Jose Bogas, managing director of Endesa, commented, "Our society needs that companies such as Endesa lead towards the exit of this health, economic and social crisis we are currently going through. We are well aware of the need to help every group that is part of it so the country can come out stronger, without leaving anybody behind.
In this case, we are lending a hand to those who are more experienced in helping the neediest, so they can expand their work and benefit more families. Something that this pandemic has taught us is that we can only overcome difficulties if we stay united "
The donation made by Endessa to the Rafa Nadal Foundation is part of the company's social responsibility plan worth EUR 25 million to help deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. The foundation was created by Nadal and his mother Ana María Parera in 2008.
As for its website, the Rafa Nadal Foundation strongly believes in "the transformative power of sport and education, two tools that allow children and teenagers to go as far as they can, regardless of their background or personal and social conditions, even for those who have learning difficulties or disability. "