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Marin Cilic Foundation To Host Gala Dinner

Croatian star gives back

ATP World Tour star Marin Cilic has set up a foundation with the goal of supporting educational projects which will give young people improved access to education.

“I decided to start the Foundation several months ago, along with my manager, Vincent,” Cilic said. “An organisation in Croatia that I helped works with kids in orphanages. The orphans are helped until they are 18, and then from 18 they are more or less on their own. They have to start making money, they can't go to university and make the best out of their potential. That's one of the things I was trying to help with last year, raising awareness and helping the kids who are 13 and 14 to save up some funds, so that when they are older and on their own, they can cover expenses and go to university.

“The first launch will be in London on 25 June. We are organising an event just before the start of Wimbledon. We'll have a dinner and small presentation. At that event we will launch the Foundation and start to build from there. The biggest targets are definitely going to be trying to help some organisations in Croatia, but also abroad in Monaco and different parts of Europe. There are, unfortunately, a lot of things happening in the world that are tragic, so we are also going to look into that and decide if we are able to help in some situations.”

In addition to a gala dinner, Cilic has a few other event ideas.

“It's great to be an athlete and a tennis player, so you can organise exhibitions and events, dinners where you can raise money. Goran [Ivanisevic] is my coach as well and he's very popular in the exhibition world! People like to watch him. So there are going to be different kinds of events and hopefully it's going to work well. In the past I did things like this a couple of times and it was always very welcome by the players. I have good relationships with Novak, Rafa, Berdych, Milos - who last year came to my clinic in Monte-Carlo. Events are always very helpful in different countries as well.

“We're going to try to organise some small events for the kids. We're going to try and find some good talents and offer some tennis scholarships for the kids who are trying to become professional tennis players and help them with expenses and to have some funds for training and travelling.

“It's a blessing when you are successful and can also give back to the community and make people happy. We will try to help as many people as possible.”

Gala Dinner Information

Saturday 25th June 2016 – 8.30 pm

ANGLER RESTAURANT - 7th Floor

South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF

£ 5.000 Table for 10 guests

RESERVATION by Friday June, 10th, 2016 at [email protected]

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