Chelsea FC owner pays for children to watch World Cup games in Russia
Young fans' dreams come true thanks to Roman Abramovich's gift to an Israel-based charity.
The world's most popular sport has reached its climax, with countries steeped in deep competition in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. And thanks to Russian native and soccer club owner Roman Abramovich, more than 30 children with disabling illnesses will get to see the brilliant spectacle in person.
Abramovich, who recently moved to Israel, owns the Chelsea Football Club, a professional team in London, England. He learned about a charity in Israel called Fulfilling Dreams from his friend and former Chelsea manager Avram Grant. Knowing that those children would not be able to attend the games without his help, Abramovich stepped up.
Now, thanks to his generosity, the Israeli children saw Mexico defeat defending champions Germany on Sunday, watched Senegal beat Poland on Tuesday, and rounded out their visit today with the Portugal vs. Morocco match. Their caregivers also attended alongside the children.
"We at Fulfilling Dreams are so grateful to all our donors, especially Mr. Roman Abramovich, for their tremendous generosity," Gilad Salter, founder of Fulfilling Dreams, told From The Grapevine. "All the months of hard work and organization become completely worth it when I see the happiness on these wonderful kids' faces. The dedication and hard work of all the helpers are such an important part of the success as well. I, personally, am so lucky to be able to do this for such deserving kids and to be able to give them something special to relieve, even briefly, the difficulties that they experience in their everyday lives."
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