Luis Neto got on the ice with Elizaveta Tuktamysheva for charity
The Zenit and Portugal defender set out to raise money for Nine-month-old Dima Pogukaya from the Luhansk who needed serious medical help. Thanks to Luis and Rusfund we got the money.
There Luis was met by World and European figure skating champion, Zenit fan Elizaveta Tuktamysheva! Elizaveta put Luis through his paces, especially as it was only the second time the Portugal stopper has been on the ice!
Luis said to us: "The training was great! I had a really good experience. It was a bit complicated, but this was mainly because of how scared I was. This Davai Davai charity project is great and many Zenit players have already taken part in it, I am happy that I am now one of them. Us players are often in the spotlight and we should use it for good, to try to make the world a better place. I am grateful to the organisers for choosing me and that I was able to help this beautiful child."
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva told us "Everything went fine, As a football player, Luis stood firmly on his feet and never fell and I was very pleased to meet him, I think that after five lessons he would be able to stand on his skates with confidence. It's great that Zenit help children and I was very pleased to participate in it!"
Luis Neto was the fifteenth Zenit player to take part in Davai Davai, our charity project. Previously Hulk sang and danced on Nevsky Prospekt, Danny worked as a hairdresser, Lodygin was a tour guide at the Hermitage, Dzyuba was a tram conductor, Crisito a circus artist, Radimov worked with the emergency services, Lombaerts was Peter the Great, Alexander Kerzhakov a street artist, Branislav Ivanovic delivered pizzas, Andrey Lunev did a stint as a taxi driver and Mikhail Kerzhakov was a fisherman.
St. Petersburg's Children's City Hospital №1 will conduct the operation so young Dima can swallow and eat regular food on his own and Zenit Football Club wishes to thank Elizaveta Tuktamyshev for giving up her valuable time and her assistance with this project.
You can still head over to the RusFund website to donate as little or as much as you can with many different payment methods.