Royalty and celebrity lit up the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night as HRH The Duke of Cambridge presented former Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic with the Centrepoint Premier Award for Contribution to the Lives of Youth Across the World at the Winter Whites Gala.
The Award honours those whose contribution to youth inspires young people across the world and awards their commitment to giving back and eradicating such humankind crises as poverty, health, education, hunger, and homelessness.
“This special award is a great motivation for me to continue contributing to the lives of youth across the world. I am happy to see there are many wonderful people willing to join and help those who are less fortunate… I would like to thank Prince William and Centrepoint for the award,” Djokovic said.
The Novak Djokovic Foundation hosted its inaugural fundraising dinner in New York in September, raising $1.4 million for early childhood education. A week later, Djokovic visited the “Beneath the Linden Trees” kindergarten, a UNICEF initiative in Lesnica, Serbia, to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood education. In October, Djokovic collaborated with his clothing sponsor UNIQLO to develop and launch ‘Clothes for Smiles,’ a new program that aims to give children of all ages a chance for a better future. The program has established a $10 million fund that helps nurture the dreams of children worldwide.
The Winter Whites Gala event was held in the Royal Albert Hall at the culmination of the Statoil Masters tennis, and the likes of Jude Law, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Mats Wilander, Henri Leconte, Pat Cash were among the invited guests.
Prince William, who visited The Championships with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge in 2012 and 2011, has been Centrepoint’s patron since 2005, continuing his late mother Princess Diana’s work. Founded in 1969, Centrepoint has helped more than 75,000 homeless young people (16-25 year-olds) and is dedicated to ending youth homelessness.