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UEFA donation for Afghanistan mine victims

08-03-2011 News Release 11/52

Geneva/Nyon (ICRC) – Football star Carles Puyol of FC Barcelona is donating to the ICRC the 100,000 euro he has received from UEFA as captain of the users' Team of the Year 2010.

The donation will support the ICRC's physical rehabilitation programme in Afghanistan.

"We are very grateful for this generous donation, which will help us maintain and develop the services we provide for mine victims and other disabled people in Afghanistan," said Helen Alderson, head of financial resources and logistics at the ICRC. "Carles Puyol is not only helping us financially but also giving us his moral support, which is important because he has many fans in Afghanistan."

"I am greatly honoured to be appointed captain of the users' Team of the Year 2010," said the FC Barcelona defender ahead of donating his UEFA award money to the ICRC. "I realise how privileged I am not just to play football but simply to have my health and two good legs. I am happy to make this contribution to do something to help people less fortunate than me and hope it can go some way towards improving their quality of life."

UEFA began its partnership with the ICRC in 1997 with support for its anti-landmine campaign. This will be the fourth time that the ICRC will benefit from the cheque offered by UEFA in connection with the selection of the users' Team of the Year. The donations are used to support the ICRC rehabilitation project providing landmine victims in Afghanistan with artificial limbs, physiotherapy and vocational training.

More than 60 people are killed or maimed by landmines in Afghanistan every month. The ICRC's limb-fitting and rehabilitation programme has helped more than 90,000 mine victims and other disabled people since it was established in 1988. Apart from supporting their physical rehabilitation, the ICRC also helps disabled people play an active role in society by financing education, vocational training, employment and small business activities.

For more information on the ICRC's activities in Afghanistan, please visit the Afghanistan country page on the ICRC website.

For further information, please contact:
Carla Haddad Mardini, ICRC, +41 22 730 2405 or +41 79 217 3226
UEFA Media Services: +41 848 04 27 27


Carles Puyol donates charity cheque to the ICRC. 

Carles Puyol donates charity cheque to the ICRC.