World no. 4 Roger Federer announced on his social media channels that his wife, Mirka, and he will be donating one million Swiss Francs (around $10.1 million) to help disadvantaged families in his native, Switzerland. Federer, who is recovering from a meniscus surgery to his right knee at home, made the announcement on Wednesday, 25th March.
In his post, Federer shared, “These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind. Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs to the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.
Our contribution is just the start. We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis. Stay healthy!” The twenty-time Grand Slam champion’s message comes days after he posted a video of himself on social media asking everyone to follow the prescribed social-distancing protocol in the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic.
Country after country is facing the wrath of the pandemic, with Europe bearing the brunt of the spread of this disease. Although Italy and Spain have had the highest number of casualties across the world, surpassing the initial epicentre of Coronavirus – the carrier of the disease – China, Switzerland, too, has seen its case numbers multiply.
According to the latest numbers, Switzerland has around 10, 456 cases with 145 people dying because of it. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the disease a pandemic as it quickly spread outside of China and engulfed the world.
In one of its media addresses, WHO said that Europe had become the epicentre of the pandemic, replacing China. In the last couple of weeks, the number of Covid-19 cases has started soaring rapidly in the United States. Photo Credit: Roger Federer Twitter