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Roger Federer and His Wife Donate $1.02 Million to Coronavirus Relief Fund

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By Zachary Holt

Roger Federer might be one of the best tennis players ever to play the game, but he's also a big-time altruist. His latest move only enunciates that. Federer and his wife just recently announced that they would be donating $1.02 million to the coronavirus relief fund, Fund for Families in Need. The couple took to Federer's Instagram account to make the announcement, along with a lengthy statement on what they're hoping to accomplish by making the massive donation to charity.

Federer Announces He and His Wife Will Be Donating $1.02 Million For Coronavirus Relief

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"These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind," Federer began in his Instagram post. "Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.

Federer went on to say that this initial contribution would only be the beginning of their efforts and encouraged others to donate to the relief fund, if able. "Our contribution is just a start," he continued. "We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis! Stay healthy!" Federer said.

'Mirka and I Have Donated to a Newly Established Emergency Assistance Fund'

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"We must help families in need quickly and unbureaucratically," Federer wrote in his social media post on Instagram. "Mirka and I have donated to a newly established emergency assistance fund for families in Switzerland."

The Wimbleton winner explained that the nonprofit organization would be run by a group called Winterhlife, which is a company that is 'highly experienced to support vulnerable people', and one that he's personally worked with in the past on multiple occasions. Federer also revealed the fund would be active beginning on March 26

The Tennis Star Urged Others to Help By Donating to the Relief Fund

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"From tomorrow March 26, the ‘Fund for families in need’ will be functional and ready to make contributions such as vouchers for food and child care services and where necessary," the tennis star concluded in his Instagram post.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion joins the likes of the New Orleans Saints' quarterback, Drew Brees, and the international soccer star, Christiano Ronaldo, who have used their resources to help combat the global coronavirus pandemic through large donations to relief funds.

Drew Brees and His Wife Donate $5 Million to the State of Louisiana

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On Thursday, March 26, Brees took to social media to announce that he and his wife would be donating $5 million to the State of Louisiana, one of the states with the most cases of COVID-19 in the country. "Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020. The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time," he said on social media.

"After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need."

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