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Roger to visit India

21.12.2006 | Off Court

In his role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Roger will visit Tamil Nadu, India - the country's hardest hit state - to mark the two-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Friday.


Roger will visit UNICEF's tsunami recovery programs in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. Over 18,000 people in India were killed or went missing in the tsunami, with a third of them children.


UNICEF has designed its tsunami programs with the guiding principle of Building Back Better to not only restore services but raise the standards and provide access to those that were lacking or not available to everyone. In India, that approach has steered programmes in health and nutrition; provided safe drinking water; raised the quality of education; developed policies on child protection; and raised HIV/AIDS awareness.


More than 200,000 people globally lost their lives in the 2004 tsunami. Tamil Nadu suffered India's largest toll, with 8,000 dead. UNICEF has been working on tsunami relief and recovery in eight countries since the tsunami struck.


Roger was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on April 3, 2006. The nine-time Grand Slam champion first teamed up with UNICEF two years ago when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck. In the disaster's aftermath Roger led several fundraising initiatives including the ATP All-Star Rally for Relief, a unique exhibition tournament with proceeds benefiting UNICEF's tsunami-relief programmes. Roger is also the founder of The Roger Federer Foundation which focuses on disadvantaged children in South Africa.



For 60 years UNICEF has been the world's leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


UNICEF and the ATP joined forces at the beginning of 2005 with an aim of creating a better world for every child. Through ACE -- Assisting Children Everywhere -- the two organizations work to use tennis' popularity to help secure access to education, protection and health for the most vulnerable children.

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12/23/2006 | 06:16 AM
Dear Federer,
What a way to start your first visit to this great country-INDIA.at Cuddalore you have created a greatest impact by mingling with the under priveleged children.Holding the three year old child with somuch of affection is really heart warm
12/23/2006 | 04:51 AM
U are a real number one,such an inspiration for me,u are great my master!
12/23/2006 | 04:45 AM
Thank you for once again for contributing a selfless act of kindness and generosity. Happy Christmas to you, Mirka, those you love, and those who love you. Fondly yours, Harriet
12/23/2006 | 04:17 AM
Hi Roger,

Thanks for visiting our state Tamilnadu and our country India. We have millions of Tennis fans of yours, we just love your game, please come to play in Chennai Open as well, may be next year in 2008(I know your schedule in 2007 doesn't permit
12/23/2006 | 04:03 AM
hi dear,
Thank you so much for your coming to India.
I'm thai and my country got the same disaster. I'm proud of you to help Unicef though you didn't come to thailand. I (we) hope one day you and mirka will(not tourists). Please try to make many good pr
12/23/2006 | 03:15 AM
It is wonderfull, and I am so proud of you.
Happy new year.
12/23/2006 | 12:06 AM
Dear Fans,

Here are a couple of UNICEF websites that show Roger and Mirka in Cuddalore,India




12/22/2006 | 11:51 PM
I 've nothing to say except for " You're the perfect man, Roger"

Best Wishes
12/22/2006 | 09:25 PM
I read at atptennis.com how you visited affected places and met with people trying to put their lives together and those who are helping them. I am touched by your selfless action, taken between your vacation and training period, that must have encourage
12/22/2006 | 07:44 PM
hey roger!! thats amazing.......my family (and myself) included are originally from south india, and i just wanted to say how much i appreciate your impending visit!
hope it is the start to another fantastic year for you roger!!

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