Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Novak Djokovic Foundation raises 1,3 million € for kids in Serbia

Novak Djokovic Foundation raised in London, last night, more than 1,3 million euros (about 1,6 million USD) to help vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Serbia. The world Nº1 tennis player, who is also UNICEF Ambassador, got together some of his famous friends from fashion, sports and film for a tennis themed gala dinner at The Roundhouse in London. Jelena Ristic, Djokovic's partner in life, and Milutin Gatsby, the charity’s Global Fundraising Chairman, organized the event.

Among the 300 guests were Sir Richard Branson, Ronnie Wood from The Rolling Stones, actors Jeremy Piven, Gerard Butler, Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn, Jonathan Ross, Serbia's football player Branislav Ivanovic, Ladies Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli, Tim Henman, Boris Becker, Matt Bellamy, Naomi Campbell, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and their mother Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York.

Jonathan Ross, Jelena Ristic, Novak and Boris Becker

Novak and Goldie Hawn 

Some of the auction prizes included on this inaugural London gala were a yatch getaway with Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, a signed guitar by Ronnie Wood and a seven day holiday at Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker, situated in the British Virgin Islands, reports the NDF in their website.

Next fundraising event will be held in New York, September 10, after the US Open.

Here is part of the auction and Nole's speech at the gala:

Photos by NDF and social media. Full event coverage at NovakDjokovicFoundation.org

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