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Federer pledges $500,000 for Ukrainian children

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Roger Federer says he will be donating $500,000 (£379,223) to help children affected by the war in Ukraine.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine last month, more than three million people, many of them children, have fled the country according to the United Nations (UN).

Former world tennis number one Federer will be donating the money through his foundation, BBC reports.

“My family and I are horrified seeing pictures from Ukraine and heartbroken for the innocent people who have been so terribly affected. We stand for peace,” the 40-year-old Swiss player wrote on Twitter.

Federer is the latest person from the world of sport to pledge money to help those affected by the conflict and Unicef, the UN’s children’s charity, says such acts are helping to make a difference with aid efforts for those affected.

“The generosity and kindness that has been shown across the sporting world from teams to individuals has been incredible, as we see how the power of sport continues to unite people from all over the world,” Daniel Walden, Unicef’s UK senior emergencies specialist, told BBC Sport.

Here are just a few more examples of ways that sport is coming together with charity to help.

Writing by Muzha Kucha