Grapevine: Alonso Helps UNICEF in Brazil

Championship leader Fernando Alonso took time ahead of what could be the race that gives him the title to visit Monte Azul, a UNICEF-sponsored project in central Sao Paulo

Grapevine: Alonso Helps UNICEF in Brazil

Alonso, an Ambassador for the UNICEF Spanish Committee since February 2005, yesterday visited the children of Monte Azul, to learn about the organisation's work.

The Association is actively supported by the United Nations agency UNICEF, as part of its 'Beloved Child' project, providing care for children at nursery, kindergarten, and pre-school levels, as well as extra-curricular youth groups for those children already in education.

"It is a privilege for me to be able to come here with an organisation like UNICEF, and to be able to use the famous name I have now to see projects like this and to bring them some more attention and recognition," said Alonso.

"I loved meeting the children today. For me, they were the biggest surprise, because when we come to somewhere like Monte Azul, we think that they have very little in terms of money or possessions. But all the children are just so happy - they play, and laugh, and smile, and they don't see any of the things that we think they are missing.

"That is what really struck me today, projects like Monte Azul are making a difference to their lives and giving them the happiness that really matters."

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