According to his Twitter account, @rioferdy5, he wrote “Looking forward to seeing the fans in Indonesia up close + personal…we arrive in Jakarta 28th June…It’s been long overdue people!” followed by this “Looking forward to tasting the local food out in Jakarta…” hey, we are looking forward to have you in Indonesia too!
This Manchester United defender will visit Indonesia in a series of social activities. England central defender will be auctioning a number of clothes and shoes that bear his signature to help a number of social and humanitarian agencies.
Rio who was invited to Indonesia by Munial Sport Group (MSG) will commence his activities in Jakarta on Wednesday, 29 June 2011. He will be meeting his fans in a meet-and-greet session called “Up Close and Personal with Rio Ferdinand”.
President of Munial Sport Group (MSG), Mulyawan Munial explained on Monday, 27 June 2011, the arrival of Rio Ferdinand is a continuation of previous programs that had brought Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Antonio Reyes and Cesc Fabregas to Indonesia.
“The mission and vision of this ‘Up Close and Personal with Rio Ferdinand’ event is very noble and will not forget the humanitarian aspects of the business,” said Mulyawan.
Keeping in line with the humanitarian themed activities, a charity dinner will also be held and the proceeds from that event will be donated to the Indonesian Red Cross Society. Donations raised during the dinner are to be evidence of contributions the world of sports, especially football, towards the Indonesian Red Cross Society.
Mulyawan also explained, the arrival of Rio Ferdinand is expected serve as an inspiration to the younger generation of Indonesia to raise the standards of national football to a new level. Today, young athletes’ motivation in football has declined in line with the national football chaos.
“Due to that, MSG did a breakthrough by bringing in one of world’s soccer stars, namely Rio Ferdinand, to be in Indonesia so that he could motivate and present a clearer picture to the community and Indonesia’s young talents so that they would have a higher morale and motivation to take Indonesia football into the international arena, “said Mulyawan in a press release.
Rio Ferdinand’s activities include auctions of some clothes, shoes, and paintings of himself, with Syair.org organization and telecommunications company, Tri. The money raised from of the auctions is to be donated to Syair.org, which takes care of children, especially children with HIV / AIDS.
Clothes and shoes will be brought from Rio Ferdinand himself from England, while paintings of Rio Ferdinand are created by Indonesian artists, namely Veri Apriyatno, Arief Kurniawan, and Liany Wati.
In the activity entitled “Football for Hope”, Rio Ferdinand will also be launching the Manchester United Soccer School. This football school is a project by Manchester United working alongside Tri and Syair.org.
“Football for Hope” in accordance with FIFA’s program aims to provide hope for the future and a brighter life for children through soccer.
The Manchester United Soccer School is a program to search for 30 Indonesian children or budding talents to train in Manchester United’s headquarters. This mentoring program targeted on the younger generation will be held in September-October 2011.
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