|Former Serbia and now Krka Novo Mesto Head Coach Aleksandar Dzikic urges fans to "show their solidarity with their fellow people from the former Yugoslavia."|
Krka Novo Mesto and KK Union Olimpija Ljubljana, the finalists of the Slovenian Telemach league play-offs, have united forces to launch a commendable solidarity initiative towards flood victims in the Balkans.
At a common press conference on Wednesday, ahead of the opening game in the title series, both Slovenian clubs have announced that they will collect aid material for people affected by the recent catastrophic floods in the neighbouring countries of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
Krka will collect canned food, bottled water, sleeping bags, clothing, blankets and similar items ahead of the first two games of the finals that will be played in Novo Mesto, with Game 1 taking place on Thursday night and Game 3 next Tuesday.
Olimpija will do likewise ahead of Game 2 in Ljubljana on Saturday and both clubs will deliver the material to the Red Cross, which will distribute it to flood victims, particularly children.
"I call on all our fans to bring food and clothing at our home games so that we help the affected people," Slovenian international Jaka Klobucar said at the press conference.
His coach at Krka, Aleksandar Dzikic, urged fans to "show their solidarity with their fellow people from the former Yugoslavia."
"I'd invite all fans to donate everything they can within their power to the people affected by the floods," the veteran Drobnjak said.
"It is during this time that they really need our help."
Slovenia was among the European countries which, although not directly affected by the calamity, immediately organised humanitarian aid campaigns.
Krka and Olimpija have now joined prominent members of the worldwide sporting community, such as tennis star Novak Djokovic, in the relief efforts.
"Krka has repeatedly demonstrated that we can listen to our fellow man in need," the Novo Mesto club wrote in a statement.
"This time our sporting friends from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia found themselves immersed in a critical life situation trouble as floods have taken away their homes."
Large areas of these Balkan countries have been hit by the heaviest rainfall in the last 120 years, causing a death toll of over 40 people and forcing several thousands to flee their homes.