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Humanitarian Fund Novak

Novak Djokovic© ATPDjokovic's exhibition in Banja Luka raised money to build playgrounds for children with disabilities.

Novak Djokovic has been involved in charity work for the last six years and in 2007 founded the Humanitarian Fund Novak.

November 2005
A match for humanitarian efforts was played between Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic for Avala Tower, the symbol of Belgrade and landmark TV tower, that was destroyed during the NATO bombing in 1999. The new Avala Tower, resembling the design of the original, stands 204.5 meters high on a concrete tripod base, making it the tallest free-standing structure on the Balkans.

Humanitarian Fund Novak was established in 2007 and has been very active ever since.

The humanitarian event organised by Family Sport called NAJJ 07 was held. By taking part, Djokovic helped with his effort and talent, as well as Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Janko Tipsarevic, and many friends of the company, to make the project alive. On that occasion, ambulances were donated to hospitals in Kosovska Mitrovica and Brus.

In action "Novak for children of Belgrade" Djokovic donated two fast tennis surfaces to sports centre "Olimp". One of the surfaces is identical to the courts in Indian Wells, and the other to those at the US Open.

November 2009 - Banjaluka exhibition
Djokovic and Viktor Troicki played an exhibition match in Banja Luka hall “Borik” in front of more than 4.000 spectators. All the proceeds went for building playgrounds for children with disabilities who reside in the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation "Dr Miroslav Zotovic" in Banja Luka.

July 2010
Djokovic visited the School of friendship on Tara mountain, where 200 children-proteges of Naša Srbija (Our Serbia) are staying, and gave a donation to the charitable organisation. Djokovic officially opened the School of friendship’s tennis courts.

DjokovicDjokovic said he knew that the majority of children in School of friendship are from the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo and Metohija and that he was very pleased to have the opportunity to be with them and see them joyful, happy and free to play.

The Djokovic family provided scholarships for 12 children of Naša Srbija, an organisation which provided scholarships for 1500 children in 2010, celebrating ten years of work.

November, December 2010
Humanitarian Fund Novak made a donation to Kraljevo, a city in Serbia that was hit by a strong earthquake in 2010.

Djokovic and his charity fund made a donation to boxing club Loznica and households in Loznica that suffered damage in the floods in December 2010. Djokovic also donated funds to help households that suffered the worst damage in the outpouring of the Drina River in December

Djokovic's uncle Goran Djokovic said Humanitarian Fund Novak had a large number of similar actions since its establishment, which have not been publicised according to donor wishes.

Djokovic, together with his friend, Gennady Timchenko, organised humanitarian help for monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija. Every year, the donation of bottled water is given to monasteries through the Serbian Red Cross.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and Humanitarian Fund Novak signed an agreement of cooperation through which 40,000 bottles of water were donated for nursing homes and other social welfare institutions in Belgrade.

The Humanitarian Fund Novak has been helping tennis players with their plane tickets and travel arrangements and helping them in various situations with their health problems, injuries,etc.

Djokovic is also willing to take part whenever he can in charity events and fundraisers together with his tennis colleagues like the recent  "Hit for Haiti" and "Rally for Relief" events.

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