Top-ranked tennis player Roger Federer recently taped a video message for the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS global campaign. In the 30-second spot, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador talks about the terrible impact of HIV/AIDS on children.
A commitment to children
Mr. Federer became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in April 2006.I am honored to join the ranks of UNICEFs Goodwill Ambassadors, he said at his appointment ceremony. I have been lucky in life and able to pursue my passion for tennis since I was six years old. It’s important to me to help the many children throughout the world who do not have the basic resources they need.
Mr. Federer’s commitment to the well-being of children was clear even before his appointment as a Goodwill Ambassador. In 2003, he established the Roger Federer Foundation to help children in need, primarily in South Africa. And in 2005, he helped organize an exhibition tournament to raise relief funds for UNICEF in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami.