Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has become an ambassador for Handicap International.
Handicap International said Neymar, who made a world-record €222 million move from Barcelona this summer, “is lending his huge fame to a good cause: empowering the most vulnerable people in the world, people with disabilities living in poor countries, victims of conflicts and natural disasters.”
Neymar, wearing a T-shirt with “repair lives” written on the front, appeared in Switzerland on Tuesday, standing on top of a 39-foot wooden sculpture entitled “Broken Chair,” which the organisation said was “erected 20 years ago by Handicap International in front of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva to call for a ban on antipersonnel landmines.”
While standing on top of the chair, the Brazil international kicked a ball with the charity’s logo down the Allee des Nations in front of the Palace of Nations.
He told reporters at the event: “I would like to begin by thanking you all for what you do for the least visible in the world, so they become more visible. I have to say that I am very pleased to be here and to be the new ambassador.
“I hope this will be a very successful partnership and that we will be able to help a large number of people. Millions want their rights, they want to be treated better. That’s what we are here for and that is what our aim is.”
— Handicap Int’l-US (@HI_UnitedStates) August 15, 2017
Handicap International said it had first met with the forward last year “to discuss access to prostheses for amputee children, a subject that’s particularly close to Neymar Jr.’s heart, and a cause he has already supported. He wanted to support similar actions on a global scale, and got to know Handicap International’s prosthetic and orthotic programs.”
The organisation also referenced his work in support of Haitians after Hurricane Matthew last year and said: “In future, Neymar hopes to travel to the field to see Handicap International’s projects in person, but this has not yet been possible due to his busy schedule.”
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