“From LaLiga, we wanted to support all those people who will face their third weekend of quarantine and, at the same time, raise funds to acquire medical supplies. We are very happy with the great response we have received from all fronts. Footballers, clubs, artists and sponsors have all joined us in this initiative. And I am convinced that together we are going to create something “, Óscar Mayo, director of Business and International Development of LaLiga, has assured.International artists and stagesAlejandro Sanz, David Bisbal, Aitana, Sebastián Yatra or Antonio Orozco are just some of the big names who will join many other relevant artists next Saturday, who will lend their voice to this cause of solidarity. The names of the rest of the singers will be revealed throughout the week through LaLiga’s social networks and the profiles of the artists and players themselves.The sponsors of LaLiga: Santander, PUMA, EAsports, Budweiser, Rexona, BKT, LiveScore, Clear, El Corte Inglés, Samsung, Panini, Sportium, Deliveroo, Allianz, STIHL, Mazda, Danone, Marqués del Atrio, VITALDENT, Mailboxes and RENFE , They have not hesitated to join this initiative by lending their support and making this charity festival visible.LaLiga is played at homeThis festival is part of the LaLiga play at home campaign, that seeks to support fans for the duration of the quarantine, to make it more bearable and to raise awareness of the importance of not leaving their homes to stop the expansion of COVID-19.This concert comes just a week after #LaLigaSantanderChallenge, the virtual challenge that influencer Ibai Llanos launched to all LaLigaSantander clubs to play a FIFA20 tournament. The tournament, which ran from Friday to Sunday, raised more than 142,000 euros, which will go to UNICEF to help fight COVID-19. The extension of the state of alarm decreed by the Government because of COVID-19 means that Spaniards must remain at least three more weeks without leaving their homes. In this context, LaLiga, in collaboration with Banco Santander, Universal Music and the rest of its sponsors, players, clubs, artists and GTS, have launched the ‘LaLigaSantander Fest’ initiative. The first charity festival with a global impact that seeks to raise funds to acquire products necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and which will be channeled following the government’s health priorities, in coordination with the Superior Sports Council (CSD).It is a solidarity macro-concert that will unite for the first time 20 top-level artists virtually and that will have the presence of footballers from all the LaLigaSantander clubs. This solidarity festival will air next Saturday, March 28, starting at 6:00 p.m. for fans around the world. A total of 20 national and international artists of the stature of Alejandro Sanz, David Bisbal, Aitana, Sebastián Yatra or Antonio Orozco, never before together in the same initiative, they will participate in. Along with them will be 20 footballers from LaLigaSantander teams, who have not hesitated to join this initiative launched by the club association.All of them will participate from their respective homes. It will be broadcast simultaneously in all countries of the world. It can be followed through all LaLiga channels and the LaLigaSportsTV platform, as well as through the Movistar LaLiga channel. Similarly, LaLiga will offer the signal to all international broadcasters who wish to broadcast it. The donations, which can be made through the Santander Foundation through various channels that will be announced soon, will aim to raise funds for the acquisition of medical supplies, always in coordination with the health authorities and the CSD.
Read Mr. Machida’s latest updates on the blog! By FFWPU USA: Matsuo Machida, a taxi driver from Nagano, Japan, is walking across America from coast to coast to express his love for God and for America, where he did missionary work from 1976 to 1990.On September 1, 2015, Matsuo Machida had a second opportunity to tell the press about his cross-country walk for peace at the Indiana State Capitol in the heart of Indianapolis. In an interview with ABC affiliate reporter, Jade Hindmon, he expressed himself and his purpose well, as he did a couple of weeks ago in St. Joseph, Missouri.“Rev. Moon is innocent,” reads the message on Mr. Machida’s backpack, which references True Father’s imprisonment in the mid-1980s for tax evasion, a conviction protested by the Unification Church along with more than 40 other nonprofits in the United States.In attendance at his Indianapolis press meeting were Mr. Machida’s driving assistant, Mark Hernandez, nine local Unificationists from Indiana, and clergy member of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), Pastor Scott. They received Mr. Machida at the Capitol steps and congratulated him on his journey thus far.Mr. Machida’s walk is a marathon trek with of 35 to 40 miles a day, seven days a week for 86 days – more than 2,900 miles. He walks entirely alone but has had various assistants driving the course with him and supporting his needs for food and shelter.At age 65, he started his trek across the country on June 25 from San Francisco and plans to walk to the Washington Monument on September 18, the anniversary of the Washington Monument Rally. This is the latest of several ambitious protest marches in his life. In 2004 he received a calling from heaven to walk from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to protest True Father’s imprisonment in Danbury Connecticut from 1984 to 1985. Friends and fellow Unificationists in Japan gave donations to support his march.In 1977 he was incensed by reading about the Japanese atrocities in Korea during World War II and heard an inner voice urging him to walk as an act of penance. He started walking along a railroad track in Red Hook, New York, and four and a half days later he was in mid-town New York City. As Machida tells it, “I had read an account of the terrible persecution Japanese authorities had caused Korean Christians in Korea.“I recalled that my own father had been a military policeman in Seoul during WW II, and I just started walking in tears and prayer. Four days later I was at Penn Station in New York City. I don’t remember eating anything along the way,” he says. In 1998 he walked the length of the Japanese archipelago.In order to make his self-determined deadline, Machida has to be on his course 14 hours a day with no days off. He rises at about 4:00 a.m. and starts walking by 5:00 a.m. and keeps walking with occasional rest breaks until 8 or 9 p.m. He carries a light sleeping bag and two bottles of water.“Loneliness is very hard,” he says. “I pray, chant and sing along the way.” “The Star Spangled Banner,” is one of his favorites, according to Hiroshi Suzuki, his road assistant for two weeks in August. On August 15, 2015 the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, he prayed for reconciliation between Japan, Korea and the United States.Mr. Machida is walking through small towns most of the way. However, the ABC and Fox affiliates in St. Joseph, MO covered Machida as he walked into St. Joseph August 18th, stopping along the way to meet Mayor Bill Falkner at the Gothic Tea House and Eatery. Deputy Mayor Pat Jones welcomed him to City Hall and gave him the coin of the city.Machida says he is available for interviews if reporters want to stroll along with him. “I’ve got a lot of ground to cover,” he explains.