Today we speak with Ramona do Curral, spokeswomen of #FainoEnGalego, a initiative which claims to encourage Galician sportive entities to use our language on their communications, mainly on their social networks.
Question: Ramona, how was the initiative born?
Answer: With the change on the Celta’s communication team, which mostly opted for Spanish, against the norm. I came up with the hastag #CeltaenGalego and asked my contacts to follow it in every tweet that was not in our language. The rest, you would be surprised.
Q: ¿How many people are behind this work?
A: A lot. When I saw all the people who joined Celta’s campaign I understood that we could do something bigger and that is where the rest came from. It was a work of contacts, both being part of the group and supporting from outside, who joined the cause, unknown to each other but who joined forces for the common objective.
Q: Was there any turning point you would like to highlight?
R: There were two: the positive answer of the majority of the clubs that we questioned and all the well-known faces from different fields who sent us their videos with no other commitment than to defend that thing that unites us, Galician language which, despite the dismal statistics that always accompany it, this initiative made it clear that it will never die, that is worth fighting for it and that sport is a great media to do so and to reach, above all, to young people who start to grow up in it.
Q: In what direction are the next actions going?
A: I think the hastag #FainoEnGalego will last time and will be used in many other demands. You only have to look how people who had nothing to do with the campaign but who understood the strength of the message are using it. The initiative has a deadline, and the time will be the one who will tell if it can be oriented towards other directions, although at the moment they are not contemplated.