Thursday, 01 October, 2020

Coronavirus | Federer donates 1 million Swiss francs

Roger Federer pledges 1 million Swiss Francs to help Coronavirus | Federer donates 1 million Swiss francs
Cary Erickson | 25 March, 2020, 20:57

Federer, who is recovering from a knee surgery, took to Instagram to share an image with his wife alongside a caption which said that these are "challenging times" and "nobody should be left behind".

In football, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has donated 1m euros (£920,000) to fight the outbreak in Spain and Barcelona forward Messi has contributed the same amount to hospitals in Barcelona and Argentina.

"Mirka and I have personally made a decision to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland". "Mirka and I have donated to a newly established emergency assistance fund for families in Switzerland".

The organisation aims to help "working poor families who are experiencing existential loss of income due to the current situation with the coronavirus".

"Our contribution is just a start".

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"We must help families in need quickly and unbureaucratically", Federer wrote on social media.

Tennis world number 4 and 20-time Grand Slam victor Roger Federer today donated over $1 million to support the "most vulnerable" Swiss residents bearing the brunt of coronavirus outbreak. Together we can overcome this crisis! "Stay healthy", he added.

Federer's message comes as the coronavirus pandemic has spread to 194 nations, infecting over 4 lakh people.

According to the latest numbers, Switzerland has around 10, 456 cases with 145 people dying because of it.

The government had already ordered the closure of schools and all places of leisure, including restaurants, bars and non-food shops.