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Tsunami disaster – countries in crisis

Tennis stars rally for UNICEF’s tsunami relief

NEW YORK, 13 January 2005 – The world’s top tennis stars are donating memorabilia for auction and recording public service announcements (PSAs) for broadcast around the world, all aimed at raising money for UNICEF’s unprecedented relief efforts for the survivors of the tsunami disaster.

“It’s impossible to ignore the humanitarian disaster unfolding across Asia and Africa - hundreds of thousands of children are in need of finding their parents, their families, accessing health care, clean water and safe environments. UNICEF needs your support to help these children return to a semblance of normal life. Your donations to UNICEF will make a life-saving difference to untold thousands,” say Roger Federer, Carlos Moya, Paradorn Srichaphan, and Gaston Gaudio in their video messages.

Thai player Paradorn Srichaphan recorded his PSA in Thai. His native country Thailand was one of the hardest-hit countries by the tsunami on December 26.

During the Chennai Open held January 3-9 in Chennai, India, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) donated $40,000 to UNICEF for the agency’s emergency relief in the Southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu, one of the worst affected areas in India.

Players participating in the Chennai Open also pledged their support to UNICEF. Jonas Bjorkman and Mahesh Bhupathi, the top-seeded doubles team at the Chennai Open, donated their prize money to UNICEF for the relief effort.

ATP stars Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt are auctioning autographed racquets this week, with proceeds directly benefiting UNICEF. Information on the auction can be found at ATP website.

Additionally, this year’s Australian Open and the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific will be working with UNICEF to feature fundraising days at each of those tournaments, with all money raised going to the disaster relief fund.










13 January 2005:
World-class tennis players record public service announcements (PSAs) for UNICEF’s tsunami relief efforts.

Roger Federer
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Paradorn Srichaphan (in Thai)
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Carlos Moya
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Gaston Gaudio (in Spanish)
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