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Foundation and Nike hand over sports fields

30.11.2005 | Foundation

„I am tremendously proud that we have succeeded“ Roger Federer Foundation and Nike hand over multipurpose sports fields to township in South Africa.

Port Elizabeth/Basel, November 30, 2005 Already in spring Roger Federer had paid a surprising visit to the children to the townships near Port Elizabeth. Now, the number one of world wide tennis sets another sign in the south east of South Africa: Today, in the name of the Roger Federer Foundation, Lynette and Robbie Federer have opened a multipurpose site in the small municipality of Zwide. During the solemn ceremony, the parents of Roger Federer handed over the site to the local organisation IMBEWU. The project has been realized and financed in close cooperation with Roger Federer's sponsor Nike.


"I am tremendously proud that we have succeeded in making these great sport facilities available to the children and the young people. A great big thanks goes to Nike for the implementation. I am convinced that my sponsor will to do whatever it takes to maintain the site in perfect shape in the years to come so that as many kids as possible will be able to go in for sports and have a lot of fun there for a long time", so Roger Federer. The multipurpose site contains two tennis courts, a basket ball and a net ball court as well as a football ground. On top of the sportive activities the site fulfils a second function: It is to serve as a contact point for the municipality - for instance for campaigns promoting the prevention of HIV and AIDS.


The courts in South Africa are part of an internationally implemented recycling program of Nike: The renowned manufacturer of sports goods produces artificial surfaces for new sports fields using recyclable used sports shoes. The most prominent example is the tennis court in Melbourne where Roger Federer won the Australian Open for the first time in the preceding year.



The Roger Federer Foundation was established in December 2003. Aside from promoting sports for young people the main goal of the Foundation is the support of impecunious children. Since May 2004 the Roger Federer Foundation has got involved with young people in South Africa. The commitment is expression of the partnership with IMBEWU. This non governmental South Africa-Swiss organisation campaigns the improvement of the living conditions of adolescents in the townships near Port Elizabeth.



Roger Federer Foundation:

Lynette Federer



IMBEWU Community Volunteers

The seed of IMBEWU Community Volunteers (IMBEWU means "seed" in Xhosa, the local language) was planted in February 2001. It was created out of nothing, or rather out of friendship between young Swiss and South Africans who had a common vision: to bring a small but valuable contribution towards poverty alleviation, social upliftment and empowerment within the most deprived township communities of the Nelson Mandela Bay. IMBEWUs projects mainly focus on supporting and giving opportunities to disadvantaged children and youth through educational, health awareness, sport and cultural initiatives. It is a small but very active non governmental organization, run in the townships by people of the townships. The organizations offices are situated in the New Brighton Township and the South African management team is currently composed of 5 persons.



IMBEWU-Suisse is the official Swiss branch of IMBEWU Community Volunteers. It is based in Neuchâtel and is run on a volunteer basis by a management team of nine young and committed persons who have either lived in or visited South Africa. Until we are able to find adequate local support in Port Elizabeth, IMBEWU-Suisses chore activity is to promote and assist the South African activity by channelling financial, human and material resources to the mother organisation in Port Elizabeth. Our aim is not to awake pity but to raise interest in people for another culture and for what is happening 10000 km down south. IMBEWU-Suisses role is to build bridges and encourage cultural exchanges between South African and Swiss communities and youth. In this sense, IMBEWU is actively involved in organizing cultural celebrations in Switzerland of South Africas 10 years of freedom and democracy.


Further information on IMBEWU: www.imbewu.org


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