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Roger stars in video spot for HIV/AIDS campaign

29.08.2006 | Off Court

His bid for glory at the U.S. Open begins tomorrow, but Roger Federer has already served up an ace in the fight against AIDS with the release of a new public service announcement for UNICEF (see link below).

 

The PSA, released today in both English and French, is part of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign, which was launched in New York in October 2005. In the 30-second spot, which will be made available to broadcasters worldwide, Mr. Federer talks about the impact of HIV/AIDS on children around the world.

 

“Every minute of every day, a child under the age of 15 dies of an AIDS-related illness,” he says in the video message. “HIV/AIDS is threatening children as never before.”

 

Commitment to children

 

Mr. Federer, the world’s current top-ranked tennis player, became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in April of this year.

“I am honoured to join the ranks of UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors,” he said at his appointment ceremony. “I’ve been lucky in life and able to pursue my passion for tennis since I was six years old. It’s important to me to help the many children throughout the world who do not have the basic resources they need.”

 

Mr. Federer’s commitment to the well-being of children was clear even before his appointment as a Goodwill Ambassador. In 2003, he established the Roger Federer Foundation to help children in need, primarily in . And in 2005, he helped organize an exhibition tournament to raise relief funds for UNICEF in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

 

That tournament, sponsored by UNICEF and the ATP, the world governing body of professional tennis, helped launch a partnership between the two organizations. The partnership, known as ACE (for Assisting Children Everywhere), focuses on the effects of HIV/AIDS on children.

 

UNICEF, by John Allison

 
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09/07/2006 | 08:48 AM
thanks
09/05/2006 | 09:22 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!! THATS A GREAT WORK TOWARDS HUMANITY......... ROGER!!!!!!!!
MORE PEOPLE SHOULD COME FORWARD TO DO THINGS LIKE THIS.............
YOU HAVE DONE A COMMENDABLE JOB.
YOU ARE A NICE HUMAN BEING.
09/05/2006 | 06:54 AM
I can't wait to see it. Your actions off the court are just as impressive as on the court. Its no wonder that we love you for the person you are. All the best with all your endeavors. We need more people like you!
09/04/2006 | 02:19 PM
Well done Roger. :)
09/04/2006 | 08:57 AM
you are so sweet !
09/03/2006 | 08:17 AM
Good job Roger
09/03/2006 | 07:37 AM
Hello Roger,

It is really good job you are doing out there. Children are the future and they need to be good care.

09/03/2006 | 03:12 AM
You have such compassion for these children.
Keep up the good work !
All the best, blessings !
09/02/2006 | 05:32 PM
Hi Roger
A great message to people around the world.
ANNIS
09/02/2006 | 09:02 AM
Dear Roger,
Your commitment to helping the world solve problems is valued and appreciated by all your fans. Not only are you a gifted and brilliant tennis player, but you also use your shining light to help, educate ans inspire. You are nothing short of
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