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Tennis-Federer donates $500,000 to support Ukrainian children

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates his fourth round victory over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

March 18, 2022

(Reuters) – Roger Federer will donate US$500,000 through his foundation to ensure children affected by the war in Ukraine are cared for and have access to education, the former world number one said on Friday.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said earlier this week that since the Russian invasion began on February 24, nearly 3 million refugees have fled Ukraine, about 7% of the country’s population.

“My family and I are appalled to see images from Ukraine and heartbroken for the innocent people who have been so terribly affected. We stand for peace,” Federer said on Twitter.

“We will help children in need of care from Ukraine, around 6 million Ukrainian children are currently out of school and we know that it is a very critical time to provide access to education and we want to support them in dealing with this extremely traumatic one handle experience.

“Through the Roger Federer Foundation, we will support War Child Holland with a $500,000 donation to provide access to secondary education for Ukrainian children.”

Andy Murray, another former world number one and UNICEF UK ambassador, said last week that he would donate his prize money won at tennis tournaments in 2022 to aid efforts for children affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Federer, 40, has not played since Wimbledon last year following knee surgery.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner was keen to return to the grass court this year but his coach Severin Lüthi said earlier this month that a Wimbledon return was unlikely as the Swiss was still in the rehabilitation phase.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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