Roger Federer donates $500,000 for Ukrainian children

Roger Federer donates $500, 000 for Ukranian children

Roger Federer donates $500, 000 for Ukranian children Source: twitter

Horrified by the images emerging from Ukraine, professional tennis platey and philanthropist Roger Federer said on Friday March 18th that he was donating $500,000 (451,000 euros) for Ukrainian children harmed by the war.

In a Tweet Federer, who runs a charitable foundation that supports disadvantaged children in Southern Africa, said: “My family and I are horrified seeing pictures from Ukraine and heartbroken for the innocent people who have been so terribly affected. We stand for peace

It is estimated that more than six million Ukrainian children are unable to attend school due to the conflict and that many are suffering mental anguish as well as malnourishment and trauma.

Federer goes on to say: “About 6 million Ukrainian children are currently out of school and we know it is a very critical time to provide access to education.”

A father himself, Federer has two sets of twin children, two girls born in 2009 and two boys in 2014.

He says having children makes you even more aware of how terrible the situation in Ukraine is: “We would like to help them cope with this extremely traumatic experience.” 

The Roger Federer Foundation was set up in 2003 to help disadvantaged children and it “will be supporting War Child Holland with a donation of $500,000 (451,000 euros) to establish access to continued schooling for Ukrainian children.”

Roger Federer is not the first star that donates funds to help those affected by the war in Ukraine, but he is possibly the first to specifically donate with a view to helping Ukranian children continue with their education under difficult circumstances.

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