Players of Spain men’s and women’s national teams have posed in a fundraising calendar for the NGO Proactiva Open Arms
The BIWPA water polo academy, in collaboration with PFotoàlbums, have launched a charity project to help the NGO Proactiva Open Arms, one of the most active organizations in the rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a 2019 solidary calendar starring stars of Spain men’s and women’s teams.
Cristina Marín, BIWPA’s general manager, is very satisfied with the project: “It is something that we had in mind for a long time and we would definitely like to continue with more solidarity initiatives in the next years”. According to Proactiva Open Arms, “it is thanks to initiatives like this that we have been able to rescue almost 60,000 people in the three years we have been operating in the Aegean Sea and the Central Mediterranean”.
Daniel López Pinedo (CNAB), named best goalkeeper in the last European Championships, didn’t have to think it twice when he had the opportunity to get involved with the calendar: “We did not even think for a second to participate with the calendar”. On the other hand, La Sirena CN Mataró player Marta Bach says she is very proud to do her bit to help all those people who risk their life in search of a better future. “With this calendar, we want to claim that water should be a place to smile, have fun and not lose your life”.
The photo sessions took place in two different places in Barcelona, water as the link between the NGO Open Arms and water polo. On the one hand, the iconic Municipal Pool of Montjuïc, former venue of the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games. On the other hand, the Barceloneta Beach, which allows us to be as close as possible to the drama of the refugees.
The price of the calendar is 10€ and all the proceeds will go to Proactiva Open Arms. You can purchase the calendar on this link.
16 players from six different Spanish teams (CN Sabadell, CN Atlètic-Barceloneta, CN Mataró, CE Mediterrani, CN Sant Andreu, CN Barcelona) have collaborated with the project. Here is the list: Adrià Delgado, Alberto Munárriz, Álvaro Granados, Anna Gual, Anni Espar, Clara Espar, Dani López Pinedo, Edu Lorrio, Fran Fernández, Helena Lloret, Mª Elena Sánchez, Marta Bach, Mati Ortiz, Miguel de Toro, Paula Leitón and Víctor Flores.