Steve Waugh launches his global charity foundation in New Delhi

June 19th, 2009 - 10:13 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 19 (ANI): Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh launched his charity foundation called ‘Steve Waugh Global Foundation’ in New Delhi on Friday.

Addressing a press conference here, Waugh said that the foundation would manage and coordinate his charity work around the globe.

The first project of the foundation will be an extension of Waugh’s existing charity work, ‘Udayan’, home for the rehabilitation for leprosy affected children or those whose parents suffer from leprosy.

“The first one of those would be ‘Udayan’, obviously going forth we would be looking at other worthwhile projects to support and the area will be rare diseases and rare illness. And over time we will be the appropriate people in India to identify the charities to support and I am hoping that we will have presence all over India and not just in Calcutta,” he said.

Waugh said it was after meeting Mother Teresa at the missionaries of Charity in Calcutta years ago that inspired him to raise funds for the underprivileged.

“I realised with my profile and my influence I could raise awareness to causes and I could raise significant funds and make a real, tangible difference, and not just a token difference and, that got me thinking that I should take this to the next level and maybe Mother Teresa was a catalyst for this,” said Waugh.

The Steve Waugh foundation will help change things for children with rare diseases and give hope to their families who have nowhere to turn.

The foundation would also raise awareness towards the needs of such children and increase international cooperation in the service, identification and treatment of rare diseases. (ANI)

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