I’ve got to give credit to CNN’s Talk Asia as this is the second post I’ve written that’s been inspired by watching that show. This weekend they’re airing the Talk Asia episode where Angeli Rao interviewed Roger Federer in Macao while he was on a promotional tour in Asia.
They briefly mentioned that Federer has established a charity, The Roger Federer Foundation, so I went to find information on it.
Here is the vision and slogan:
Vision and Slogan
“I AM TOMORROW’S FUTURE”
This most confident statement by Nolonwabo Batini, a girl aged fifteen attending the Ndzondelelo High School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is the slogan of the Roger Federer Foundation (RFF). The RFF supports education, sports and leisure activities in places with little or no funding at all. The idea is to permit a maximum of children to make the slogan become reality in their lives and help them actively shape their future.
Here is the mission statement:
In sports we learn how to fight: for victory, for the entire team, in order to reach a goal. In many countries of the world a majority of people, despite their efforts, does not have access to education or sports. This is precisely the point where the Roger Federer Foundation (RFF) wants to intervene; the Foundation is aimed at developing individual skills, searching for innovative methods of resolution and acting goal-oriented in order to improve the children’s situation sustainably.
The RFF is a charitable grant-making foundation. It supports innovative projects operated by local relief organisations in selected countries of the world – projects that would otherwise lack sufficient funding.
The RFF focuses on sharing the responsibility of problem-solving with the local community (in terms of content, organisation and finance). The children, their families and the entire community must learn to participate in the analysis of needs, the development of innovative solutions as well as the proposal and implementation of measures in order to take over and maintain individual responsibility.
In Switzerland, the RFF supports talented children who meet the requirements of the official sports federations but lack the necessary means.
On top of the proceeds of the endowment, the RFF’s subsidies are to be increased by means of donations and proceeds from various sources. The total Foundation capital is CHF 1.2 mio.
The RFF only supports project partners disposing of a minimum of management tools (vision, mission statement, goals, strategy, milestones, budget, organisation chart, etc.).
It’s a charity with a great purpose and vision. I hope this post helps spread the word and encourages people to donate and help.
Source: CNN – Talk Asia (link to Federer’s homepage announcing the show)