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Novak Djokovic Foundation Supports Melbourne Charity

by , Posted on 1st Feb 2016

Novak Djokovic, 2016 Australian Open Men’s Singles winner, today announced that his charitable foundation is donating $20,000 to Melbourne City Mission for its work with some of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged young children. To bring attention to this issue, Mr Djokovic has visited the Braybrook Early Learning Centre the day after his Grand Slam victory.

The world No.1 in men’s singles tennis who is a passionate advocate for early childhood education, said that the Novak Djokovic Foundation is going to donate the money towards Melbourne City Mission’s Early Years Supported Playgroup program in the suburbs of Braybrook and Doreen.

Mr Djokovic created the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007 with a goal to invest in early childhood education and development programs. The Foundation’s projects are currently focused mainly in Serbia, with some of the work being carried out internationally and advocacy occurring on the global level – through Djokovic’s tennis career and the role of a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and through the Foundation’s partnership with the World Bank.

This is the first time the Foundation has donated to an Australian charity.

Novak Djokovic said that Melbourne City Mission’s focus on the importance of early childhood education is aligned strongly with the Foundation’s goals.

Early childhood education gives children a chance to respond strongly to any challenge and become winners in any field.Melbourne City Mission is a leader in providing innovative and effective early childhood programs, and we’re very happy to contribute towards their work in this area, said Mr Djokovic.

Photo Credit: Tennis Australia / Fiona Hamilton

Novak Djokovic visits Braybrook centre

The Novak Djokovic Foundation’s Global CEO, Alberto Lidji, added that he is delighted to see the two organisations collaborate on early childhood education within disadvantaged segments of society.

This donation is an investment in young children, their families and the communities in which they live.  By helping children early in their formative years, everyone gains and we try to advocate the value of early childhood education wherever and whenever it is possible, said Mr. Lidji.

Photo Credit: Tennis Australia / Fiona Hamilton

Photo Credit: Tennis Australia / Fiona Hamilton

Melbourne City Mission Interim CEO, Liz Bishop, welcomed the funding, saying it would directly help disadvantaged preschool children and their families in Doreen and Braybrook by providing a safe, stable and enjoyable early learning environment.

Early support for children and their families who are experiencing poverty, homelessness, social and cultural disconnection, serious health issues or other disadvantages makes the biggest difference to a child’s long-term opportunities in their school years and later lifeMs Bishop said.

Over a number of years, our Supported Playgroups have successfully nurtured the wellbeing, lives and development of many children, as well as supported their families and helped to strengthen their communities.

We rely on the generosity of donations such as this, in order to be able to offer families this vital support. We thank the Novak Djokovic Foundation for its support, and for its worldwide commitment to Early Childhood Education.

Australian Open 2013.

Photo Credit: Tennis Australia / Fiona Hamilton

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