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Presentation of the Prince of Girona Foundation in Madrid

Before an audience of 500 guests representing diverse sectors of Spanish society

14/12/2010

The Prince of Girona Foundation made its debut yesterday in Madrid in an act that took place in the Royal Palace of El Pardo before more than 500 guests representing different sectors of Spanish society.

The Prince and Princess of Asturias and Girona, after presiding over the Foundation Board meeting, which was held beforehand in the Zarzuela Palace, were received upon their arrival at the Royal Palace of El Pardo by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Heritage, Nicolás Martínez-Fresno.

Then, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia were welcomed by the President of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, the Minister of Education, Ángel Gabilondo, the President of the Community of Madrid Assembly, Elvira Rodríguez, the Community of Madrid Government Delegate, Amparo Valcarce, the Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, the Secretary of State for Security, Antonio Camacho, the Chairman of the Prince of Girona Foundation, Antonio Esteve, the Vice-Chairmen of the Prince of Girona Foundation, Gonzalo Rodés,  Josep Lagares and Jaime Carvajal, the Secretary of the Foundation, Enric Brancós, and Dr. Valentí Fuster, keynote speaker of the event, member of the Foundation's Advisory Council, winner of the 1996 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research and Director of the National Center for Cardiovascular Research.

In his speech, the Prince emphasized the need to "recover for young people the permanent values that have always sustained the success of any project: integrity, merit and pursuit of excellence, effort and the capacity for sacrifice, appreciation of work well done and generosity; and, of course, solidarity - so present in the aims of the Foundation - not only for being a fundamental cornerstone of our coexistence, but also because the height of a country should be measurable by the welfare and dignity of its weakest members.

The act in Madrid responds to the intention of the Prince of Girona Foundation to present its mission in different Spanish cities such as Zaragoza, Seville, Bilbao Palma and Barcelona among others.

The presentation took place before an audience essentially made up of people involved with innovation, youth, research, education and young entrepreneurs.

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