COVID-19: Federer donates one million Swiss Francs to vulnerable families

Roger Federer and his wife Mirka

Roger Federer has urged people to "help families in need quickly and unbureaucratically" after pledging 1m Swiss francs (£860,000) to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Top sports men around the world have been making generous donations to tackle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Mirka and I have personally chose to donate one million Swiss Francs ($1.02 million) for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland".

Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes have donated 1m euros to three intensive care units for patients suffering from coronavirus at hospitals in Lisbon and Porto.

Federer, who is recovering from a knee surgery, took to Instagram to share an image with his wife alongside a caption which said that these are "challenging times" and "nobody should be left behind".

Federer, 38, added that his contribution is a start and he hopes others join in supporting needy families. Over 400,000 people have been infected globally. 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.

Switzerland had experienced 145 deaths as a result of the coronavirus as of Wednesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The government had already ordered the closure of schools and all places of leisure, including restaurants, bars and non-food shops.

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