Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the States.
Yesterday the photocall for the “Iker vs Rafa 2008” fundraising match against malaria was held at the Real Cafe Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain. The charity event will benefit impoverished countries under the auspicies of the Spanish Red Cross. Raising awareness of the disease is crucial as it is responsible for a million deaths per year, and the most vulnerable sectors are children under 5, nursing mothers and AID’s sufferers. Somehow Real Madrid Keeper Iker Casillas and World’s No. 1 Rafa Nadal wanted to free the world of malaria. They have realized that its toll is even more tragic because the disease itself is highly treatable and preventable.
The event will take place on December 16, 2008, three days after the face-off between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou. Everyone knows that Rafa is a staunch Real Madrid fan and both he and Iker is convinced, suddenly becoming a pundit, that it’s going to be 1-0 in favor of Real Madrid, but of course. (And I will be praying…)
“Iker vs Rafa 2008” event will involve both tennis and football, and as an extra treat, a bit of karting action. So far only F1 driver Fernando Alonso is definite to take part in said event. As in the past, the idea was for each player to challenge the other at his own sport. For sure this will be something amusing and different and watching these two and their friends will be a treat and will be worth it. This early the two are taking potshot at each other: “Rafa has a good pair of feet but he does not have the vision,” quipped the Real Madrid goalkeeper before Nadal responded with: “Iker could do with some tennis lessons, I would even give them for free if he wanted. Awww, they’re both so cute and hunky…