BUENOS AIRES – Iberia Airlines and the charitable Juegaterapia (Playtherapy) Foundation have donated bald dolls to 80 kids with cancer at Casa Garrahan in Buenos Aires, bald dolls wearing kerchiefs designed by such celebs as Alejandro Sanz and Shakira in honor of these “little fighters.”
The project organized by Juegaterapia in a number of Spanish hospitals was in this case flown across the Atlantic by Iberia, currently celebrating in the Argentine capital the 70th anniversary of its first Madrid-Buenos Aires flight, the airline’s very first connection with Latin America.
“Companies like our must contribute to making the world a better place,” Iberia president Luis Gallego said in a statement to EFE.
He called the dolls a wonderful way to bring “hope” to these youngsters and improve “the quality of life of children suffering from this illness.”
“We’ve come from Spain to deliver some dolls called ‘Bald Babies’ in honor of the little ones going through some hard times with cancer,” the general director of the Juegaterapia Foundation, Valle Salles, said for her part.
She also said that until now no bald dolls existed to represent them, which is why these have totally become a symbol in Spain with 300,000 sold.
The Juegaterapia director said the first thing kids do when they get their dolls is to take off the kerchief and say “Look mom, this one’s just as bald as I am.”
“Then they cuddle it because it smells deliciously of vanilla. In the end it’s much more than a doll, it’s a symbol,” she said.
Also at the event besides Gallego and Salles was the president of the foundation, Monica Esteban, along with Sergio Goycochea, former international goalkeeper with Argentina’s national soccer team, who said he was happy to take part in the project and help “these children have the most normal life possible.”