Sandro Rosell, accompanied by the Catalan President Artur Mas and the President of the Fundació Banc dels Aliments, Antoni Sansalvadó today presented the campaign “Enviem la fam a la porra” – “Sweep Away Hunger with the Sweepstake”.
The campaign, which was presented at the HQ of the Fundació Banc dels Aliments this Thursday
lunchtime, is led by the Fundació FC Barcelona for the Fundació Banc dels Aliments with the
collaboration of the Catalan government - la Generalitat de Catalunya. The campaign also has the
support of Pastas Gallo, Arròs Montsià, Oli Borges, Sorli Discau and Llet Nostra, as well as the
support of the The Love Comes Foundation.
Solidarity from “first class” institutions
During the presentation, Club President Sandro Rosell underlined the importance of
the campaign: “we are helping people here at home, whilst not forgetting the international
dimension of our Club”. The President called the campaign “fantastic” and went on
to explain: “we are very happy to be involved in a project alongside such good
The Catalan President Artur Mas also stressed the exceptional nature of the campaign, which
aims to collect as much basic foodstuffs as possible to help those most in need in the country,
whilst drawing attention to the plight of the people close to home who are suffering from hunger:
“between us, we have to help them and this campaign is a good way to channel this
The organisations involved in the campaign also received praise from
Sr. Mas, who declared: “we have brought together a first class organisation - the Banc dels
Aliments- a first class club and a first class country”.
Everybody who takes part in the campaign, either by personally bringing in
foodstuffs or donating online, can take part in a sweepstake on the result of the Barça-Real Madrid
final of the Spanish Cup. During the presentation, Sr Rosell made his own prediction: “I bet
that we will win 5-0!”, whilst the Catalan President didn’t go for a result, but
reckoned: “we’ll win by four goals –like the four stripes on our Catalan
flag” and Antoni Sansalvadó went for a closer margin: “Barça to win 3-1”.
Concern for local problems
The campaign arose out of the Fundació FC Barcelona’s concern for
problems which directly affect Catalan society. There are currently 1.325.000 people living below
the poverty line in Catalonia and the Banc dels Aliments de Catalunya helped 52.000 families in
2008, 90.000 in 2009 and 165.000 in 2010 – a figure which continues to grow and underlines
the need to support the Banc’s efforts to enable it to continue its important social work.
Anybody can participate in the collection of foodstuffs, either in person or via
the campaign’s official website www.enviemlafamalaporra.org , which is available in English.
During the month of April, you may donate in person at the following sporting events:
- Saturday 2 April, Regal FCB - Biscaia. Palau Blaugrana, 18.00.
- Saturday 9 April, USAP - Toulon. Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, 16.30.
- Saturday or Sunday 9/10 April, FCB – Almeria. Camp Nou.
Foodstuffs will be collected on the day of the games at the entrances to the Palau Blaugrana,
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys and Camp Nou.
Donations via the website can be made and Sorli Discau, who are collaborating with the
campaign, will then deliver the foodstuffs to the Fundació Banc dels Aliments.
Schools, supporters clubs and companies involved
As well as Barça members and fans, 15 schools from all over Catalonia are also
participating in the campaign, as well as the five company sponsors -Arròs Montsià, Pastas Gallo,
Llet Nostra, Grup Borges and Sorli Discau.