Selling a shirt to the Argentine national football team, signed by Diego Maradona, allowed him to collect money for a slum in the Buenos Aires suburb covered with the stone caused by Covid-19 disease.
“We will get out of that,” Maradona wrote on the shirt, a copy of which he wore at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
The shirt was supposed to be sold at auction, but eventually it would be awarded by drawing a lottery for people who suggested an amount greater than the value of the donation originally established for participation.
The initiative allowed the collection of about a hundred kilograms of food as well as sterilizers and protective masks from Covid-19, which will be distributed to the people of the Vavaluru neighborhood.
“Diego cannot imagine the service he gave us that it is invaluable. I would be grateful to him all my life,” said Marta Guterres, who lives in the neighborhood.
Since the beginning of the quarantine fifty days ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, the poverty that had mainly affected 35.5% of Argentines has worsened at the end of 2019, said Minister of Social Development Daniel Arroyo.
According to his ministry data, eight thousand tons of food are distributed every month, which is half of the need, according to social organizations, to ensure the work of canteens, which benefit about half a million children.
Besides the epidemic, Argentina faces an acute economic crisis and is conducting arduous negotiations to reschedule its debt with the creditor parties.