Real Madrid promise one million euros for Syria refugees

Madrid, Sep 5 (IANS) Spanish giants Real Madrid have announced they will make a one million euros ($1.11 million) donation to aid the refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of people have risked their lives to migrate to other countries in Europe, at least 2,500 have died in the process with pressure now being ramped up on governments to provide greater relief to those in need.

German champions Bayern Munich announced on Thursday they have donated one million euros to help people pouring into Germany and Madrid have now pledged the same amount to aid refugees in Spain.

“Real Madrid has announced that it will donate 1 million euros to aid refugees that are taken in by Spain,” a Real Madrid statement said on Friday.

“The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, spoke by phone with the president of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy. The pair talked about this contribution and other measures that the club will put in place in order to collaborate with the care of refugees that arrive in Spain,” the statement said.

Madrid is planning to club various initiatives and schemes with special focus on the youngest refugees.

“Among these measures, the club is considering various initiatives and schemes with a special focus placed on the youngest refugees. It will also make some of the club’s infrastructure and sports goods available to the executive’s inter-ministerial commission that organises the system for receiving refugees,” the club statement said.

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