With his 7th Wimbledon championship, Roger Federer unknowingly triggered a huge charitable donation to Oxfam, thanks to a bet made years ago by a man who is now deceased.
Avid gambler and tennis fan Nick Newlife placed a £1,520 bet back in 2003 that Federer would win Wimbledon 7 times. He got 66-to-1 odds, resulting in a £101,840 payout. That's the equivalent of over $150,000.
Newlife died back in 2009, but he left everything to Oxfam, a charitable organization that provides emergency care throughout the world, tries to help famine situations, and provides developmental aid.
Now, his 9-year old bet has resulted in that $150,000 prize going right to Oxfam, where it will be used for a good cause.
According to Oxfam, the money is enough to feed 10,000 people for a month in west Africa, where there is a food crisis.
Great move by the late Mr. Newlife, and huge thanks to Federer for making it happen, whether he realized it or not.
Roger Federer's Wimbledon win gains huge donation for Oxfam