The United Nations Development Programme and the Benfica Foundation have organised the seventh Match Against Poverty to take place on 25th January 2010 in Lisbon. Profits from the match between Zidane & Friends and Benfica All Stars will go to aid relief efforts in Haiti.
Ronaldo was due to take part, but has to start the football season with his Club Corinthians-FC on January 24 and so Kaká will be taking his place. Kaká who is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the World Food Programme (WFP) said:
I am honoured to represent Ronaldo and I am looking forward to playing this important match, dedicated to Haiti’s relief efforts.
Benfica Foundation President Luis Filipe Vieira said his organization stands ready to offer full support in solidarity with the Haitian people:
We are extremely saddened by the disaster in Haiti. We would like to show our full support by dedicating the Match to the relief of the victims
UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo echo Vieira’s sentiments. “Donating the proceedings from the Match, lends deeper meaning to our cause against poverty,” said Zidane.
“We would like to help the victims of the quake in the best way we can,” added Ronaldo. “Through the Match we hope we will be able to raise both awareness and funds for Haiti. Though we are aware that it will be but a small contribution to an enormous need.”