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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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12/22/2006 | 02:59 PM
Hey Fed
Its gr8 tht u r coming to India...
I hope u would have visited Hyderabad. Hard luck for me i do not reside in Tamil Nadu..
Anyway All the best for your journey.
12/22/2006 | 02:34 PM
What we have done for ourselves
alone dies with us
What we have done for others and the world
remains and is immortal
Albert Pike

We make a living by what we get
We make a life by what
12/22/2006 | 01:52 PM
Dear roger,

I hope you arrived in India safely and everthing is going ok, My little piece of you came today in the shape of Feder-bear he so cute like you very huggable, but if can buy this little thing and help by donating to UNICEF then i will gladl
12/22/2006 | 01:40 PM
Exiting news, your first visit as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
I know you will do good out there.

India, Over 18,000 people in India were killed or went missing in the tsunami, with a third of them children.

It breaks my heart to read the number
12/22/2006 | 12:37 PM
Hi Roger,

Well done, once again.
We are all very pround.
I take the opportunity for wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

12/22/2006 | 12:10 PM
hey roger u r comming to india and that too to chennai i just cant believe this it is just a dream come true for ur chennai fans i have been longing to see u atleast once welcome to tamil nadu great thing u are doing u will definitely enjoy our hospitalit
12/22/2006 | 11:54 AM
roger i cant blive ur comin 2 the state that i live in!!!!!!!!!and its a gud thing ur doing for those underpriveleged children...........
12/22/2006 | 11:39 AM
Pleased to note that you are heading towards India to help the deprived and suffering children. People should follow your suit to make this world worthliving. Coming from Nepal, I know how they suffer and donot get the minimum basic fascility. Thanks Roge
12/22/2006 | 09:39 AM
Hi Roger!

Wellllllcommmmme to Tamilnadu ;-).
It's great to hear that you're visiting my home state/country. You'll really appreciate our hospitality, love and care that we will show to you.

My heartful wish is that you should play the Chennai Open
12/22/2006 | 09:12 AM
dear roger,
it is such a gr8 honour 2 hav u here in my own state.
Thank you for considering our Tsunami victims and 4 coming here.

P.S: It would b really awesome 2 hav u in Chennai.

Love you,
Tamil Nadu,India
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