Thursday, May 19, 2011

Infanta Elena of Spain reaches out to help Colombians in need after floods

King Juan Carlos I's older daughter, Infanta Elena traveled last week to Colombia. She presented a donation of $200,000 (more than 140,000 euros) for victims of terrible floods due to heavy rain in the country and visited a home for children with cancer during her trip to Bogota as a Director of Social and Cultural Projects MAPFRE Foundation.
The Infanta, the MAPFRE Foundation and the Spanish royal family could not forget to reach out to Colombia in these difficult times. The Duchess of Lugo arrived at the capital, Bogota, last May 12th as with Fernando Garrido, director of the Institute of Social Action, to bring hope to the Latin American country. There have been rumours in the Iberian country that Elena and Fernando have been dating for a little while.

Infanta Elena did a lot during her small trip: she paid a visit to the Dharma Foundation - hey... did you just think about the series Lost here? - a home for children with cancer, had a meeting with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and his wife, María Clemencia Rodríguez, at the Palacio de Nariño. The princess gave the Colombian president, in the presence of First Lady, a donation of $ 200,000 (about 140,000 euros) under the Humanitarian Colombia campaign, which aims to raise funds for victims of the floods.

Upon receipt of resources, María Clemencia appreciated the support that the Infanta has always provided the country, especially in difficult times that Colombia has faced as a result of climate change. "Doña Elena, once again, thank you very much. Thank you very much because we feel your continuing solidarity in difficult times in Colombia, "said the wife of President Santos.