The Eric Abidal Foundation and Ricoh Spain present the first research scholarship on liver transplant

The Eric Abidal Foundation and Ricoh Spain have advanced the actions of the Charity Month that the Japanese company and the entity will hold during December 2015 to raise funds for the foundation and its projects.

One of the actions result of this agreement is the celebration of the 1st Futsal Charity Tournament on the 5th and the 6th of December in the ZEM Rambla del Celler in Sant Cugat del Vallés (Barcelona), an event where also collaborate the City Council and the Futsal Club of Sant Cugat del Vallés. This tournament will kick off a month when Ricoh will dedicate their efforts and resources to the Foundation for the creation of the first scholarship in the field of training and research.

This initiative to support the fight against cancer is part of the combination of charity activities the company has been promoting since its early years and is one of the main activities on the agenda scheduled for December. One month each year when Ricoh Spain drives several charitable activities to raise funds supporting a particular cause.

As Ramon Martín, Ricoh Spain’s Managing Director and COO, has pointed out: “December is the month in which Ricoh Spain focuses on involving all its employees and collaborators in charity actions. This activity, which began a few years back to make contributions to the Red Cross and the Spanish Association Against Cancer, and food banks campaigns, has evolved to the current scholarship program with which we want to contribute our bit to help the most disadvantaged“.

In this case, all funds raised will be used to create a scholarship for providing financial resources to a doctor, still in academic training, to continue specializing and training in the field of hepatology and liver transplantation within the Unit of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Pediatrics Service of the Maternal and Child Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona.

During the presentation, Eric Abidal, president of the Foundation, has emphasized that: “The future belongs to the children and therefore we need further investigation to give them greater quality of life. For that reason it is essential to have scholarships for young people in training, because they are also doctors of the future“.

Thus, the Eric Abidal Foundation adds to the acts of the 60th anniversary of the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron in the creation of this research scholarship to fund a pediatrician from January to December 2016. The scholarship doctor will be under the supervision of Dr . Carlos Rodrigo Gonzalo de Liria, Head of Pediatrics at the Maternal and Child Hospital Vall d’Hebron, who has highlighted the importance of research funding as a key factor to the detection and treatment of liver problems.

The event was also attended by the Sports Councillor at Sant Cugat’s City Council, Eloi Rovira; Jaume Gotanegra, Strategic Planning Director of Ricoh Spain; and Jordi Palau, President of Futsal Club Sant Cugat.

Pictures of the presentation: Facebook

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