Andy Murray receives Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for touching Ukraine relief effort

Andy Murray looking ahead

Andy Murray has received the ATP’s Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for 2022 after donating his prize money to Ukraine.

The Scot announced in March, following Russia’s invasion, that he would give all the prize money he earned from that point on to help children in the country through Unicef.

Murray, who is a Unicef ambassador, revealed on Thursday that the final total is just over $630,000  (approximately £510,000).

Earlier this year he announced: “It’s vital education continues, so UNICEF is working to enable access to learning for displaced children, as well as supporting the rehabilitation of damaged schools, together with replacement equipment and furniture.

“I’m going to be donating my earnings from my prize money for the rest of the year, but anyone in the UK can support UNICEF’s humanitarian response by donating to our appeal by following this link –

“Children in Ukraine need peace – now. 🇺🇦 🙏”

And nine months later he has received a second Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his work.

The former world No 1 said: “It seemed like something that would give me some extra motivation this year. I thought I could also raise some awareness and hopefully get others involved in helping, too.

“There are 7.5million children in Ukraine and, after more than nine months of increased conflict, 5.2million of them are in need of assistance.

“When you see images of children on the news who were impacted by things like this, that makes it even more difficult to stomach. I have four young children who are really fortunate that everything is fine with them. But, being a parent, it affects you differently. You try to put yourself in their shoes.

“I’m in the fortunate position to try to make some sort of difference, so hopefully the money that’s been raised through Unicef can help some of the children who have been affected.

“In 2014, I became a UNICEF UK Ambassador, and later that year I received the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for the first time. It’s an honour to be named recipient again. The reason to do the right thing is not for an accolade like this, but it is nice that it is appreciated somewhere.”

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