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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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09/01/2006 | 07:24 AM
in spite of ur busy sked, u shared ur time to help out in a really good cause. thank u for being an outstanding individual and using ur resources to help in ur own way to bring awareness to a global problem.

u're great roger :D
09/01/2006 | 12:53 AM
Great effort Roger. Great message you are sending out there. I wish you would be more outspoken about the threat of AIDS in Africa and would convey the health message of prevention of infection through the use of condoms. It has to be said with all the l
08/31/2006 | 04:48 PM
Baby, you are blessed!!
What would this world be without people like you??

08/31/2006 | 04:21 PM
a great tennis player also being a great human being proud of u
08/31/2006 | 01:05 PM
Well,this is what makes you such a good person! If only all rich the people were like you... :)
08/31/2006 | 12:10 PM
That's great, Roger! So proud of you!

On court, off court, just go Roger GOOOO! :)
08/31/2006 | 05:49 AM
Congratulations on your R128 victory tonight, Roger! I am preoccupied with university at the moment, but I want you to know that you are in my thoughts this fortnight! I'm cheering you on!!! Be gracious, humble, and grateful always.

God bless you,
08/31/2006 | 04:04 AM
Roger, You are such a marvelous person which such a big heart. I really admire your speaking out about AIDs it's a big problem. Not many people would be as outspoken as you that is why your my favorite athlete n I have the biggest respect for you n all wh
08/31/2006 | 03:41 AM
We need to hear this amidst voices of hatred in our world. Roger pls continue to stand up for Love!
08/31/2006 | 03:09 AM
Darling, GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!
Bs As
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