Montse Benitez is Rafa’s wife (they were married in 1998) and created the Montse Benitez Foundation in September 30, 2011 and she is in the news today because she has paid for 40 children to go on a fabulous trip to Disneyland.
There was some news of the Foundation in the local Newcastle press after Rafa joined Newcastle in late March as journalists did some homework on Rafa and his family and we all found out Montse is immersed in work for charity.
They have two teenage daughters Claudia and Agata and their family home is in the Wirral in Cheshire which is about a one hour helicopter ride for Rafa from Newcastle.
Rafa and Montse Benitez at the unveiling of the Montse Benitez Foundation
The Chronicle is reporting today the holiday for the 40 kids is part of the work Montse does for disadvantaged children through the charity OLLY – Our Lost Love Years..
It turns out the four-day trip began from Liverpool on Sunday, with 40 children travelling to France via coach – probably organized to be part of the International break so Rafa was available.
The children are from 3 years old to 12 years old so that’s a lot of work to care for the children as they tour Disneyland in Paris.
The youngsters were selected through their association with OLLY, which is connected to Liverpool pressure group Families Fighting For Justice.
Jean Taylor runs the Charity for Montse and had this to say:
“These children come from families that have lost a loved one from acts of violence.”
“With what Montse does for charity on Merseyside we call her our angel of kindness, because she’s just fantastic.”
“She really, really is.”
It’s interesting that when Rafa had signed on permanently for Newcastle on the evening of 25th May he went to visit some disabled fans who were meeting at St. James’ Park at the time – and we thought that was really good.
And of course Rafa organized the inaugural Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup in the summer with hundreds of children attending the event.
Rafa Benitez – the Pied Piper of Newcastle
The youngsters played a tournament on the brand new 4D pitch Rafa had installed earlier in the summer at the club’s Benton youth facility team and every youngster received the full new strip which went on general sale five days later.
It’s really heartwarming to know that the manager of Newcastle United and his wife have hearts of gold.
Paul Dummett and Rafa Benitez pose with future Newcastle star
Rumors had it that Rafa said – “he can improve”
Rafa has also been adamant that Newcastle United must interface fully with the local communities, local businesses and local charities and be the centerpiece of the City.
We obviously have the right man in charge of Newcastle United right now – there is absolutely no doubt about that.
A very good and inspiring way to start this Thursday morning during the boring two week International break.
Wonder why I am feeling so much better having written about this?