Fergie and Tennis Ace Open School in Serbia

Fergie_and_Tennis_ace_open_school_in_serbiaOn September 16, 2013, tennis star Novak Djokovic and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, opened a primary school for underprivileged children in the Serbian town of Kadina Luka. Sarah Ferguson flew into Belgrade the night before where she was met by Novak Djokovic. The Novak Djokovic Humanitarian Foundation aims to improve the lives of needy Serbian children and it was founded by the tennis champ in 2007. The Duchess is an ambassador for the Foundation and believes in seeing the work of the Foundation first hand as opposed to just attending fancy parties.

Fewer than 44 percent of children in Serbia between the ages of three and a half and five attend school, so the new school should make quite an impact on childhood education. This is the first school that has been refurbished under the Foundation’s project Skolica Zivota (Little School of Life). Novak Djokovic was seen planting trees while Sarah Ferguson entertained the crowd of dozens of schoolchildren. The Duchess was all smiles throughout the day. When not helping with charities, Sarah Ferguson has a successful career as a television personality and writer.

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Princess of Monaco is Olympic Swimmer

princess_of_monaco_olympic_swimmer_highsocietytimesOn September 1st, 2013, former South African Olympic swimmer and current Princess of Monaco, Princess Charlene, swam in the French sea off the shores of Capbreton in southwestern France for her foundation’s charity event. The primary goal of Princess Charlene is to develop and encourage sports values in children. During the event, the 35-year-old princess taught children about water safety and demonstrated swimming techniques in the ocean and in the pool while she was clad in a wetsuit.

In a statement she spoke of her concerns that too many children are drowning due to not knowing how to swim and stated that children are not receiving the opportunity to learn that could easily prevent these drowning accidents. Additionally, Princess Charlene said learning to swim would provide children much needed confidence in the water as well as save their lives. 150 students between the ages of five and eleven attended the event put on by lifeguards, athletes, and about 50 volunteers. Continue reading