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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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12/21/2006 | 11:33 PM
Dear Roger,
You have my deepest respect and appreciation for your fund-raising efforts on behalf of the tsunami victims and their families. UNICEF couldn't have appointed a better ambassador to highlight and hasten their efforts than you.

12/21/2006 | 10:29 PM
Hi roger !
Big people and man !
12/21/2006 | 10:23 PM
Oh Roger you are the best.... really i love you so much.... im waiting for the australian open for see you win...kisses for you babe....love ya love ya love ya love ya love ya love ya love ya love ya....
12/21/2006 | 09:27 PM
Dear Roger,

You are really such a good example to each and everyone of us, in what we could do to make this world better. You really are a gem of a person, with a sweet heart. Have a nice trip to India dear Roger. I wish you, Mirka and your family a ve
12/21/2006 | 09:17 PM
I just received my Federer-Bear from Ty and I am so proud to support your efforts through UNICEF to help people globally.

Your work throughout the countries will make a lasting impression and will hopefully inspire other athletes to make a difference.
12/21/2006 | 08:48 PM
Dear Roger, your role as goodwill ambassador enables you to do something for those less fortunate than you, and seeing you taking that role so seriously just makes me more proud of you. Well done and I hope you get as much out of the visit as you put int
12/21/2006 | 08:39 PM
Dearest Roger,

Two Years ago, South Asia and South East Asia faced two Tsunami waves First that lasted for a few moments and took millions with her and Second, the Tidal wave of help and rehabilitation.
That second Tsunami is still continuing and is
12/21/2006 | 07:44 PM
Hey Roger,.....I was just wondering if you ever visited my country, INDIA....I even posed this question to you yesterday....I am really excited to hear this great news...Let me congratulate you on coming here for a noble cause...Your trip will go a long w
12/21/2006 | 07:22 PM
Dear Ambassador Roger,

You have set an excellent example for the celebrities in sports.

Well done!
12/21/2006 | 05:55 PM
Dear Roger,

Great !!
It is very wonderful that you visit India now.
In general, people are just interested in current occurance. It means they often misunderstand that support for damaged country is already finished and forget it when only 1 or 2 ye
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