Roger Federer will donate $500,000 to support Ukrainian children

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The Roger Federer Foundation will support War Child Holland with the donation to establish access to continued education for Ukrainian children

The Roger Federer Foundation will support War Child Holland with the donation to establish access to continued education for Ukrainian children

Roger Federer will donate $500,000 through his foundation to ensure that war-affected children in Ukraine receive care and access to education, the former world number one said on Friday.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said earlier this week that nearly 3 million refugees have fled Ukraine, around 7% of the country’s population, since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

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

“We will provide assistance to Ukrainian children who need care, around 6 million Ukrainian children are currently out of school and we know this is a very critical time to give them access to education and we would like to help them cope with this extremely traumatic experience.

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

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

Federer, 40, hasn’t played since Wimbledon last year after undergoing knee surgery.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner was looking to make a comeback for the grass swing this year, but his coach Severin Luthi said earlier this month a return to Wimbledon may be unlikely as the Swiss is still in the rehabilitation phase.

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