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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 | 05:53 PM
Dear roger,

Working with UNICEF is somthing very special indeed and they couldn't have picked a better person to do this then you roger.

I feel very sorry for the people who's lives where torn apart by the Tsunami it was horrible to see, my brother
12/21/2006 | 05:43 PM
Dearest Roger,

You had said in your letter to the fans, that you wrote on February 2005 that this disaster in South -Asia had shocked and saddened you. You had been in Thailand, one of the effected regions and Maldives, where you and Mirka had gone for
12/21/2006 | 05:19 PM
You're a good man, Rog. Bringing attention to others who need help is always important. Have a good trip, and a good Christmas.
12/21/2006 | 04:47 PM
Roger, I'm proud to be your fan. You are Numero uno on--and off--the court.

Merry Christmas to you, Mirka, and your family. May it be full of joy, pleasure, health and friends.

Lots of love from your #1 fan in Vermont,
the Switzerland of the USA
12/21/2006 | 04:40 PM
everyone who contributed to the tsunami relief camps, has a big heart. you've not only saved a few, but millions who might have otherwise been neglected. roger, thank you for all your initiatives for bringing a smile on the face of millions of indians, wh
12/21/2006 | 04:37 PM
everyone who contributed for the tsunami relief camps made a difference! i feel happy that your contribution has helped so many people who might have been in a bad shape otherwise. as an indian roger... ur humanitarian bent of mind has made a difference t
12/21/2006 | 04:05 PM
Thank you Roger
i love you
12/21/2006 | 03:45 PM
Hope every effort that is extended by UNICEF bringsforth smile on the face of th children , who are the most affected ., its my home country also...has a special place in my heart.
12/21/2006 | 03:28 PM
Dear Roger,

You really make us proud in Switzerland and I think you have contributed to this rebound in swiss self-confidence that we experience today. It is amazing to see that a great sportsman and a good human being can achieve more than many politi
12/21/2006 | 03:04 PM
Thank you Roger,
for your time and kindness. People forget about things quickly and they need to be reminded that there is much to do to alleviate the misfortunes in the world.

Have a nice and productive trip.
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