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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.

 

About UNICEF

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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12/22/2006 | 07:04 PM
Dear Roger, I'm so proud of you, it's a beautiful thing that you help people around the world! I wish I could do that too. You give us so much while you're on the court but you also give us so much off the court. We love you:)
12/22/2006 | 06:07 PM
Roger, I just saw the pictures of your visit to India in the atptennis site. Thank you, thank you very much for your help. You are truly #1 in the eyes of the tennis fans, and in the eyes of GOD. Thank you.......
12/22/2006 | 06:03 PM
Dear Roger

May your eyes, body, heart and soul be filled with compassion as you visit one of the most poor areas in India and the world. May you be an instrument of hope for these people and cherish the experience that there people beyond poor but trul
12/22/2006 | 05:48 PM
Roger, I hope this very worthy off-court activity will complement your tennis (your primary function: professional athlete). So often athlete's off-court activities detract from thier on-court prowess. I trust that this will not be true in your case.
12/22/2006 | 04:53 PM
you are a great sportsman, the best one of all, but unlike others, you are a great person, with a great heart and you do not think single about you.you are an example for all.
Merry Christmas next to all those that you want and I wish great a 2007 you.if
12/22/2006 | 04:02 PM
najeeeeeeebbb loves u alot
12/22/2006 | 03:58 PM
heyyyy rog!
great to see you in India n that to for good cause..wish u a great stay here..you're the best..
love,
kshama
12/22/2006 | 03:54 PM
its good here that u r visiting asia
12/22/2006 | 03:03 PM
Dear Roger,
Thanks for the good work you do off court. I received my Feder-bear yesterday in the mail. I love it!
Anne
12/22/2006 | 02:59 PM
R O G I !!!
This is extraordinary. Even, i am not impressive, because u r a champion in all the aspects.
For ur talent and all these things u r doing for unfortunate people, u will shine forever and ever... and there wont be a word as big as you are to
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