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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 | 07:39 AM
Hi Roger,

Thanks so much for taking time to visit the afflicted.
Chennai is my birthplace - a place where I spent my initial 24 years!! And now I have moved on to a different city...
Hope you have a wonderful stay there. I am not sure what the media
12/22/2006 | 07:07 AM
hi roger,
nice to hear from u too........thats a gud thing ur doing going to cuddalore for sum of those unfortunate people.........and ur comin 2 my state!!!!!!!!!!! thnx for everything roger......n wishing you and mirka a merry christmas and a happy ne
12/22/2006 | 06:26 AM
Roger!!!!! i can't believe this!you are coming to my state!A very welcome to the great champion.i think this is a great work.UNICEF had appointed a right person to this job.

with lots of luv
mittai
12/22/2006 | 06:14 AM
Roger! You are just awesome!!!
You are taking time from your well-deserved vacation for this noble cause! You are a legend Roger, in all facets of life!!!
And I am very much excited about your trip to my country! It would have been a dream come true for
12/22/2006 | 06:10 AM
HI ROGER,
ITS REALLY A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME THAT YOU ARE COMING TO INDIA.HOPE YOU LIKE INDIA





LOVE FROM ALL OF YOUR INDIAN FANS AND FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD
12/22/2006 | 05:39 AM
Hey Roger!

I am so glad you are visiting my homeland India. I hope you will be forever changed as so many are. Take a moment to absorb the spirituality that permeates the very breath of India.

I wish I was going to be there at the same time as you
12/22/2006 | 04:28 AM
Roger,
You continue to focus on good causes which is great. All the best,
Rachel
12/22/2006 | 01:32 AM
Dearest Roger,
What a wonderful way to start the New Year. You're such an inspiration!!!
With respect and admiration,
Selma
12/22/2006 | 01:32 AM
Dearest Roger,
What a wonderful way to start the New Year. You're such an inspiration!!!
With respect and admiration,
Selma
12/22/2006 | 01:11 AM
Roger - you are a shining example of all that is truly good and decent! I've said this many times, but if there were more human beings like you Roger, the world would be a much better place! You shine like a beacon amongst those self-absorbed celebrities
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