Andy Murray Indian Wells 2021

Andy Murray joins Elina Svitolina in donating prize money to Ukrainian children

UNICEF ambassador Andy Murray has announced he will donate all prize money he earns this year to UNICEF in order to provide medical equipment and children’s supplies, in an effort to “rebuild damaged schools” and “replace equipment.”

As the war between Russia and Ukraine rages into its second week, the tolls, displacement and damage done looks set to continue and even increase.

It is reported that the invasion has resulted in at least 1.5 million women and children fleeing their home country to seek refuge elsewhere in Europe. Whilst those who chose to remain in Ukraine have had their lives heavily disrupted.

As such, women’s World number 18 Elina Svitolina announced she will donate all of her prize money directly to the Ukrainian war effort.

Similarly, Ukrainian refugee and Lyon Open finalist Dayana Yastremska joined her compatriot and will do the same.

Now, three-time Grand Slam champion Murray revealed that he will donate the rest of the prize money he earns this year to help rebuild damaged schools, provide medical supplies and other broken equipment.

On a larger scale, all three of tennis’ major governing bodies, the ATP, WTA and ATP, as well as the organisers of the four Grand Slams have all donated $100,000 each for a total of $700,000 (£532,000) to aid humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

Murray announced his decision via his social media channels in a statement that read “over 7.5 million children are at with the escalating conflict in Ukraine, so I’m working with UNICEF UK to help provide urgent medical supplies and early childhood development kits.

“It’s vital education continues, so UNICEF is working to enable access to learning for displaced children, as well as supporting the rehabilitation of damaged schools, together with replacement equipment and furniture.

“I’m going to be donating my earnings from my prize money for the rest of the year, but anyone in the UK can support UNICEF’s humanitarian response by donating to our appeal by following this link –”

“Children in Ukraine need peace – now!”


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