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Roger Federer to visit UNICEF’s tsunami recovery programmes

Roger Federer, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Friday, 22 December – Saturday, 23 December 2006

Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, India

Roger Federer, the world’s top-ranked tennis player and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will visit Tamil Nadu, India – the country’s hardest hit state – this month to mark the two-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Federer will visit UNICEF’s tsunami recovery programmes in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. Over 18,000 people in India were killed or missing by the tsunami, with a third of them children. UNICEF has designed its tsunami programmes with the guiding principle of Building Back Better to not only restore services but raise the standards and provide access to those that were lacking or not available to everyone. In India, that approach has steered programmes in health and nutrition; provided safe drinking water; raised the quality of education; developed policies on child protection; and raised HIV/AIDS awareness.

Over 200,000 people globally lost their lives in the 2004 tsunami. Tamil Nadu suffered India’s largest toll, with 8,000 dead. UNICEF has been working on tsunami relief and recovery in eight countries since the tsunami struck.

Attention Broadcasters:  B-roll will be made available via Reuters

About Roger Federer: 

ATP World Number 1 Tennis Player Roger Federer was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 3 April 2006.  The nine-time Grand Slam champion first teamed up with UNICEF two years ago when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck.  In the disaster’s aftermath Federer led several fundraising initiatives including the ATP All-Star Rally for Relief, a unique exhibition tournament with proceeds benefiting UNICEF’s tsunami-relief programmes.  Federer is also the founder of The Roger Federer Foundation which focuses on disadvantaged children in South Africa.


For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, NY 1 212 326 7452, kdonovan@unicef.org

Dheepa Pandian, Celebrity Relations and Special Events Section: Tel + 1 212-326-7051; dpandian@unicef.org

Meital Rusdia, UNICEF India Media, Landline: +91 (0) 11 24606237 / Mobile:  +91 98 181 05861,

Thomas George, UNICEF Chennai Media, Landline: +91 (0) 44 24350332 / Mobile: +91 9840765824,




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