Oxfam, the international confederation dedicated to ending poverty in the world, is unashamedly rooting for Roger Federer to win Wimbledon. Why? There's a potential gift of £100,000 riding on it.
Oxfam supporter Nicholas Newlife left his entire estate to Oxfam when he died in February 2009. This included the outcomes of a series of outstanding bets he had placed. Oxfam has already received £16,750 from one of his bets - when he placed £250 on Federer to win at least 14 Grand Slam titles before 2020 (at odds of 66/1). Another of Mr Newlife's bets was on Federer to win Wimbledon seven times before 2020. The record-breaking Swiss star has won six times already, but the clock is ticking towards an age-related inevitable deterioration of superiority. So come on Roger!
Federer – who founded his own charitable foundation to support innovative education and sports projects in selected countries of the world – would no doubt be thrilled to hear of the happy knock-on effect for Oxfam of a 2012 Wimbledon victory.
Oxfam benefits from the generosity of about 600 legacies a year. The gifts people leave to Oxfam in their wills come in all shapes and sizes and add up to about £13 million per year, or 10 per cent of total income. “Every time someone leaves a gift in their will, whether it's a few pounds or a few thousand pounds, it helps make a difference to millions of lives around the world,” the Oxfam website states. “For example, £500 could provide 20 basic latrines, such as those Oxfam sent after the Haiti earthquake. And £3,700 could equip an entire special needs school with teaching and learning aids.”
Unusual legacies they have previously benefited from include: