LONDON, England - Ana Ivanovic was announced as an Ambassador for the Quercus Foundation at a pre-Wimbledon cocktail celebration on Wednesday night. The foundation raises the necessary awareness and funds to improve the lives of children and young people living in extreme poverty.
Diego Biasi, Founder of the Quercus Foundation, announced the former World No.1's ambassadorship.
"I am proud to be an Ambassador for the Quercus Foundation," Ivanovic said at the event.
"I know how important it is for children to have a dream and I am inspired by the Quercus Foundation, which is working to make dreams possible for children in need in underprivileged areas."
Ivanovic will support the foundation's current project to raise funds for The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, one of the leading children's hospitals in the world. Most of their patients are from exceptionally poor and marginalized communities in the Western Cape.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is under-resourced and without further investment will continue to have to delay surgeries, have no specialized facilities for neonates and be short of capacity for those in need. It has 22 of 35 pediatric beds in the Western Cape; those beds are at 100% occupancy.
That's where Quercus Foundation and Ivanovic come in. Their mission? To raise ?1.4M of the ?1.8M needed to expand bed capacity from 22 to 39, increase bed spacing to reduce risk of cross-infection, provide space for families to stay, create four isolation units to protect kids from cross-infection, improve quality of medical and electrical services per bed, create a work station for nursing and support staff, and ensure a distinct medical and surgical wing with a bed layout that aids patient supervision.
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And check out Ivanovic's tweets from the announcement celebration at Hotel Cafe Royal here: