Nadal Donates €1 Million To People Affected By Mallorcan Floods
Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain, just 10 kilometres from Sant Llorenc, a town that suffered a tragedy on 9 October. Heavy rains during a flash flood led to 13 deaths and also caused serious structural damage in the area. Since then, Nadal has done everything he can to help. And he has decided to take it one step further.
World No. 2 Nadal will donate €1 million to help the victims affected by the floods, according to the Sant Llorenc town council.
“It is a big help from a very special person, someone who shows his love for our land and its neighbours every day,” said Mateu Puigròs, mayor of Sant Llorenç, in an open letter. “He shows his love for his homeland wherever he goes and he shows it in all aspects because he is one of us.”
The donation is the latest way Nadal has helped those affected. Nadal also went to the damaged area right after the tragedy to assist in the clean-up efforts in the neighborhood. He also made available the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar for those seeking shelter, and held a moment of silence with students and staff at his academy to honour those who passed away.
“We know of his immense affection and humanity, which is as great as his talent and results. We have seen this on and off the court,” Puigros wrote in the open letter.
A few days ago, Nadal also announced that part of the proceeds gained from the Olazabal & Nadal Invitational — a charity golf tournament that he organised with José María Olazabal — will also benefit the same cause. In addition, next Saturday is the Rafa Nadal Sports Centre Urban Race, and all event proceeds will help those affected by the floods.
To learn more about Nadal's charitable efforts, click here.