We’ve already shown you a brief trailer video of Rainband’s tribute to the late Marco Simoncelli, and the band has generously posted on YouTube the entire video of their single ‘Rise Again’, whose sales proceeds will all go to the Marco Simoncelli Foundation and it will be released on i-tunes on June 18.
Kate Fretti, Marco’s girlfriend who continues to live with the Simoncelli’s and works full time with the Foundation, - she was at the Jerez GP with a booth - in an interview with Italy’s edition of Vanity Fair reported that with the generous donations they’ve received so far they are building a home in the Domincan Republic for thirty disabled orphaned children (some from disaster torn Haiti) that also includes a day hospital that will provide free healthcare to hundreds of other disadvantaged children.
They’ve also donated a €15,000 for an electronic microscope to the Semi di Pace International charity to help children with eye problems in Burundi and their next project is to transform an old and abandoned hotel in Rimini and turn it into a children’s center.
Kate Fretti was the late Marco Simoncelli’s girlfriend (Sic in his autobiography wrote that she kept him calm and ‘never busted his balls’) and they were inseparable, although they were both young they had been together for over five years. To help her get through this difficult period Valentino Rossi has offered her a job with his VR46 merchandising company that includes not only his personal brand, but also that of Tony Cairoli and Kevin Schwantz and Simoncelli had just signed with Rossi’s company.
La Kate (as Valentino calls her) will be supervising the logistics of moving Rossi’s numerous staff around the world and will probably also help out on his website, while keeping her late boyfriend’s website up-to-date.
Source | tgcom24.it
‘Dibo’and ‘casino’ are now two more words that non Italian racing fans have been forced to learn over these past two weeks and even if seems like more grief porn, I thought that it would be nice to translate and post Kate Fretti’s words to the hundred of thousands of fans, that with their words and heartfelt partecipation have helped Kate and the Simoncelli’s try to get through this very difficult moment.
Here’s what she wrote on Simoncelli’s Facebook page:
Hello … my name is Kate … .. I am, I was Marco’s girlfriend.
Until 13 days ago, I used to update his website and his fanpage on Facebook, with the help of the guys from Retina.
Like many of us, Marco was fascinated by of the most popular social network … he liked reading your comments a lot after we published a post or a photo or post-race press release .. and spent his time to studying the growing number of fans on his page.
He enjoyed it a lot when on race weekend saw the rising number of Likes. I remember the first Saturday of Malaysia he told me he had win in order to have more fans. Well .. he was wrong, that was not the only way. From the 8,000 we were on that Saturday afternoon, we are now more than 500,000.
By mail, email, Facebook, you’ve have written to me and Sic’s family … and initially I thought that words like: “Your pain is our” were only words of circumstance. But then you continued to write, to call us at home, you came to Coriano in hundreds .. we have shaken hands, hugged, whispered in our ears, you cried with us and your love has been a comfort and is still is helping us not feel alone. To my amazement, I realized that the world is still beautiful and solidarity among people still exsists …. And I can not help but thank you on behalf of myself and Marco’s family.