As if there were other reasons why fans love Roger Federer. The tennis superstar can not only handle the racket excellently, but once again proves his big heart. In the current corona crisis he and his wife Mirka help families in need.
The announcement comes yesterday at lunchtime: “These are challenging times for all of us and nobody should be left behind. Mirka and I decided to personally donate one million Swiss francs to the most vulnerable families in Switzerland. »
Roger spreads the message via Instagram. «Our contribution is just a start. We hope that others will join in order to support even more families in need, ”said Federer. «Together we can overcome this crisis! Stay healthy!”
A week ago criticism
The Federers are helping in the corona crisis. A week ago there was quiet criticism of the maestro. While one horror message after another kept Switzerland (and the world) in suspense, the 38-year-old remained silent. No statement, no encouraging message, no funny video from home training, as many other stars post.
Only Federal Councilor Alain Berset lured Federer out of the reserve with the hashtag # soschutzenwiruns. Federer broke his silence two hours after being told. «We have to make sure that we take it seriously. Incredibly serious even, »said the Basel bidder.
Now the next, carefully considered step. The Federers don’t just throw a million around. The money serves as start-up capital, as explained in a message from the “Roger Federer Foundation”.
Emergency aid package for families
«Mirka and Roger Federer personally donate one million Swiss francs as start-up capital for a bridging fund for families in need in Switzerland in times of Corona. They associate this with the hope that the fund newly founded by the Winter Aid Association will be additionally fed by other private and legal persons. »
It is an emergency aid package that the Federers are putting together with the Winter Aid Association, a long-time partner of the Federers Foundation. “Mirka and Roger Federer want to show solidarity.”
As of today, the fund will be operational. He should then be able to issue first contributions such as vouchers for food or childcare. “We have to help families in an emergency quickly and unbureaucratically,” wrote Federer. Even before state aid takes effect. There should be up to CHF 500 per family.
Affected parties can apply
The families are selected through the cantonal or national Winter Aid offices. Affected families who are acutely affected by the crisis can make their inquiries there (www.winterhilfe.ch). And if you want to help, you can make a donation to Winterhilfe’s account: IBAN CH68 0900 0000 8000 8955 1, keyword: families in need.
That Federer likes to help is nothing new. The tennis star is also a philanthropist. With his foundation he gives children access to school education. In Switzerland and especially in Africa, over 1.5 million children have already benefited from Federer’s charity. So now he also provides acute help.