Rafa Benitez was doing some overtime on Tuesday night.

However, the Newcastle boss said that it was a pleasure to do so, as he attended the awards night for Newcastle United Foundation.

The Foundation is a charity which operates independently of the club and it was a 10th anniversary dinner which took place at St James Park, with various awards handed out for valuable work in the community.

Rafa Benitez declaring ‘It’s always a pleasure to support all of this in any way I can.’

When with Liverpool, Benitez gained a big reputation for supporting charitable concerns and being prepared to devote time to them on top of his usual football responsibilities.

Great to see over these past two and a half years that he is well up doing the same on Tyneside, a Newcastle manager wanting to go that extra mile.

Rafa Benitez via his personal website:

“Yesterday the Newcastle United Foundation’s annual dinner took place celebrating its 10th anniversary and I had the pleasure to attend with my staff…

“Antonio Gómez, Mikel Antia, Paco de Miguel and Simon Smith, and some of Newcastle’s first players such as: Ayoze Pérez, Christian Atsu, Martin Dúbravka, Fede Fernández, Sean Longstaff, Javier Manquillo and Salomón Rondón.

“It was a lovely dinner and a beautiful gala to reward people and athletes who are an example of sacrifice and daily efforts and who are involved with the community.

“The Awards Ceremony was hosted by Gabby Logan, a great fan of Newcastle United, and the awarded were: Olly McKenna, Ishmael Bamba, Sam McVie, Chloe French and NUFC Fans Foodbank.

“I always believe that it´s important for a club to be involved in its community, in this case through the Foundation, trying to improve the lives of fellow citizens.

“The work of the Newcastle United Foundation is massive, and provides an example of the unity needed in the club and within the football team.

“It’s always a pleasure to support all of this in any way I can.”

  • Chris-Chapple

    wonder how much Mike has contributed in 10 years

    • Leazes.

      Nil…. the foundations turnover is less than Ashley tips the croupiers at Aspers.

  • Peaky

    What was Atsu doing there…not just footballers there then….my son & his mates call him Sneeze..😂

  • Steven05

    He’s a good man Benitez. A very very good man.

  • killymag

    Pity the Fat Cu#t does not share his views

    • Leicester Mag

      Indeed contrast that to Leicester’s owner. How strange that a billionaire chooses to be remembered for little more than his boundless greed and averice

      • Themoscow72

        I am sure that Mike contributes and under his tenure the foundation has gone from strength to strength.

        • East Durham Mag

          Any concrete evidence? The things we usually hear about are zero hour contracts, staff being bullied and a employee giving birth in a toilet at work because she was too frightened to take time off to give birth safely in a hospital. Yes he is a beautiful humam being is’nt he?

          • Themoscow72

            At least he is employing thousands of people some on big bonuses. The rest of the High Street is closing down so he is doing a great job. Ask his employees if they are grateful and they will say yes. Over 2,000 got a life changing bonus.

          • Leicester Mag

            A several other 1000 got a life changing enforced redundancy

          • East Durham Mag

            And if it was your wife, daughter,granddaughter or sister?

  • Billmag

    Rafa’s a genuine fella that simply knows that a community and a football club go hand in hand.

  • Rabid Dog

    I’m surprised Moscow Monk hasn’t written about how all the winners were really nice and he had a chat with them all in the lift. He obviously got his invite for the tremendous amount of points he has…

    • Rich Lawson

      But none of them wanted to touch a door handle after him ?

      • Themoscow72

        See above.

    • Themoscow72

      The foundation help over 50,000 disadvantaged people every year mainly in sporting activities and do a fantastic job. Two years ago I raised nearly five thousand for them my pal four thousand by doing a sleep over at St James’s Park in freezing conditions. The total raised by about eighty of us was £77,000 which went to good causes. About time this organisation got the publicity it deserves.

      • Rabid Dog

        If true, very commendable. Only if true though….

        • Themoscow72

          Very true and it rained all night had to be wrapped in protective sheeting it was that cold. Out of the seventy seven I came second only a company beat me Bellway homes.
          A lot of my donations were £1, £2. so unlike what some people say I know a lot of people. Nearly every sponsor was a supporter.

          • Rabid Dog

            So if that was 2016, the total raised was £36K not 77K. Hallway MD raised 5470, you 4533.

          • Themoscow72

            Think Bellway Homes do it every year and received an e mail saying that our figure was a record £77k. Quite a few of my sponsors just contributed directly to the fund or after my Just Giving page had shut down so it was quite a bit more than what I was credited for but it goes to a good cause. From memory it was split between the Foundation and Sir Bobby Robson. Changed jobs since then so no longer have the e mails to verify it but have the photo’s.

  • Rich Lawson

    He’s class,plain and simple.

  • wheyayeman

    Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus, who was a very important tax collector, and he was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because he was too short to see above the crowd. 4 He ran ahead to a place where Jesus would come, and he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see him. 5 When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down! I must stay at your house today.”

    6 Zacchaeus came down quickly and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to complain, “Jesus is staying with a sinner!”

    8 But Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “I will give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times more.”

    9 Jesus said to him, “Salvation has come to this house today, because this man also belongs to the family of Abraham. 10 The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them.” Maybe Ash will have a change of heart ! Just need to send Jesus around :)

    • Leazes.

      I’d stick with the boycott, that is the Chronicles policy and it hasn’t worked in 60 years.

    • Mr wobert

      Aye, with a big stick.

  • Mike

    oh for a chairman like Leicester what a massive boost to all of Newcastle

  • toonterrier

    All foundations start at the bottom and works its way up while the toon one starts at the bottom and moves sideways or down. We need a more stable base or at least an owner who knows which way the wind blows.