Tennis ace Rafa Nadal donates a million to Mallorca
Tennis ace Rafa Nadal has become even more of a hero on his home island of Mallorca after giving one million euros to help in the aftermath of the devastating floods which claimed 13 lives in October.
The mayor of Sant Llorenç, the district most badly affected by the devastating freak weather, has confirmed the donation.
“It is help from a special person for all of us, who shows his love for our land and his neighbours every day, always showing it where he is and showing it in all aspects because he is one of us,” said Mateu Puigròs.
“We know of his immense affection and humanity which is as great as his talent and his results, we have seen this on and off the tennis courts,” added the mayor as he thanked Nadal in a video message.
So far 1.6 million has been collected in the municipality, to which the generous donation of a million euros has been added.
Nadal had earlier shown his hands-on approach the day after the October 9th disaster when he joined in the massive clean-up operation. His action became an image that went around the world.
The tennis star, who was brought up on the Balearic island and still has a home in in Porto Cristo, just eleven kilometres from the disaster area, has said that the funds raised from a charity golf tournament he organised would also go to victims of the floods.
In addition to the Mayor’s verbal confirmation, a statement posted on the local council’s Facebook page said: “Do you already know? We are proud to have this great tennis player and person on our island. We do not get tired of thanking you. A gesture that surpasses any expectation. Thanks Rafael Nadal for this contribution that all the residents of the town thank you for.”