Roger Federer's Wimbledon win gains huge donation for Oxfam

One small step for Federer, one giant leap for Oxfam

7/9/12 in Tennis   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

July 8, 2012; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Roger Federer (SUI) celebrates after recording match point  against Andy Murray (GBR)on day 13 of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Federer won 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-US PRESSWIREWith 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.
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