Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has announced that he will be donating $500,000 to help children impacted by the war in Ukraine after being left “horrified” and “heartbroken” by the Russian invasion.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion said the sum from the Roger Federer Foundation would go towards establishing ‘continued schooling’ for about 6m Ukrainian children that are out of school because of the war.
The donation is set to go to the War Child Holland – a charity that aims to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children affected by war.
Federer’s donation comes after Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky called on the 40-year-old and Spanish star Rafael Nadal to end their silence over Russia’s military attack on Ukraine.
Stakhovsky is among a number of athletes from his country that have joined the Ukrainian army to help battle Russian forces.
“I don’t have military experience, I do have gun experience privately,” said Stakhovsky earlier this month.
Britain’s Andy Murray has pledged to donate all the prize money that he earns in the remainder of the season to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for Ukrainian children.
“Over 7.5 million children are at risk with the escalating conflict in Ukraine,” said Murray. –insidethegames.biz