World No. 2 Novak Djokovic and his wife, Jelena Djokovic, have matched all the donations to his Novak Djokovic Foundation from their ‘Season of Giving’ campaign, according to a press release from the ATP Tour. Donors contributed $140,000 to the campaign which was matched by the Djokovic family, bringing the total campaign contribution to $280,000.
The amount will go towards helping build more pre-schools in Serbia. In a statement released, Djokovic commented, "Thanks to your donations we have exceeded the goal of this year’s 'Season of Giving' too and reached the incredible amount of USD 140,000 which will help us open new preschools and implement new preschool programs for children in Serbia.
I am proud and my heart is full when we are playing on the same team for the same cause, that’s why Jelena and I decided to double your donations this year too! United in doing good and noble deeds, we can bring smiles to the faces of our children and give them hope for a better tomorrow.
Thank you very much for believing in our Foundation, your selflessness and all the messages you left on the website together with your donations. Thank you for this victorious start to 2020, because if this is how it starts, it will surely be a fantastic year”.
Jelena Djokovic, the Co-Founder and Global CEO of the foundation, said that she was thrilled that the campaign exceeded their original goal of $100,000. “Thank you for helping, year after year, so that a growing number of children in Serbia can have an opportunity to participate in preschool education programs.
At the end of September last year, we opened the 44th preschool, in Svilajnac, providing space for another 75 children from this municipality and the neighboring villages. We opened a kindergarten in Macvan Prnjavor near Sabac, which allowed more than 150 children from Prnjavor, and other villages near Sabac, to attend kindergarten for the first time,” she said.
“There is an ongoing process for opening a kindergarten in Inđija as well, but we will not stop there. Our goal is to change the lives of children in our country”.