“Primary Goal is to Still Invest Into Children: Novak Djokovic Foundation Vows to Double donations in 2021
When he is not fighting for titles, Novak Djokovic dabbles in charity.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion has a foundation to his name, which supports underprivileged children and their families back home in Serbia.
Novak Djokovic Foundation Announces ‘Season of Giving’ Campaign
And in more work that underlines and illustrates the philanthropic side of the tennis superstar, the Novak Djokovic Foundation has announced the ‘Season of Giving’ campaign for the third straight year.
Children from Ljubis village do not have a chance to have preschool education. But this year we are dedicated to changing that. For as little as $10 you can make a difference! Support team Ljubis: https://t.co/0G8ECAc9pp#ece #ecd@DjokerNole @jelenadjokovic pic.twitter.com/ZlkXFAg9uL
— Novak Djokovic Foundation (@novakfoundation) December 5, 2020
As part of the initiative, the Foundation will open preschools for needy children in Vajska and Ljubis, villages in Serbia. It has set its sights on raising 100,000 euros for the purpose.
While Djokovic and his wife Jelena will contribute handsomely to the cause, donations for the project will also be sought elsewhere.
Djokovic, wife say their focus this year was to boost healthcare
The Serb and his wife released a joint statement underlining their pledge to support philanthropic causes.
Thanks to your support, in 4 days we have raised $10.000! 👏 This will help us buy the furniture for preschools in Vajska and Ljubis villages 🎉 Let's buy them some toys now! With 10$ you can buy a book, a ball or a brick set for children. Donate here: https://t.co/L1KYW8CQRJ pic.twitter.com/eYRCtlG2fK
— Novak Djokovic Foundation (@novakfoundation) December 4, 2020
“Considering the current pandemic situation, this year we primarily focused on healthcare, and with our donations, tried to assist the healthcare institutions in Serbia,” read the statement undersigned by the couple.
“However, our primary goal is still to invest into children and their future,” it further said.
Djokovic Foundation started to rebuild preschools in Serbia last year
Through a similar campaign last year, the Foundation started to rebuild preschools in three municipal areas of Serbia.
As part of its crowd-sourcing effort, the Foundation, this year, has invited Djokovic’s fans across the globe to donate to Team Vajska and Team Ljubis.
“Our country is full of real little gems, but unfortunately, in smaller places, they often cannot develop their full potential because they do not have access to early education,” read the statement attributed to the Djokovics.
“This year has further demonstrated how important it is for children to attend preschool, particularly in a situation when parents are forced to work from home, and are not able to adequately dedicate their time to children,” it said.
105 kids to benefit from Novak Djokovic Foundation’s latest initiative
The couple vowed to double every donation that is made in support of these causes.
“It should not be forgotten that there are still those who are not able to go to preschool even in normal circumstances.
“So this year, the goal is to open new preschools in Vajska and Ljubis villages, which will accommodate a total of 105 children. Each of these places has its own story, and we want to tell it to the whole world, with the help of those who believe in our mission.
“That is why we have decided to double every donation that you make this year again,” the couple said.
On the career front, Djokovic finished the 2020 season as the World Number 1 and will be eyeing more titles next year. He did clinch his 17th Major title at the Australian Open this year but couldn’t end his four-year trophy lull at the season-ending ATP Finals.