Date : February 20, 2013



Foundation to receive US$10,000 (RM29,885) through the “ATP ACES for Charity” grant program in 2013




The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament which celebrates its 5th anniversary in Malaysia this year, was among 14 successful recipients from around the world in the ATP ACES For Charity grant program for 2013, which awards grants of US$10,000  (RM29,885) each to charitable causes nominated by ATP World Tour players and tournaments.


Entering its third year, the ATP Aces for Charity programme supports a wide and varied range of causes globally, including childhood education in Serbia, tennis programs for disadvantaged youth in Colombia, Portugal and Tanzania, healthcare in Cincinnati, Eastbourne and the Ukraine, and social services for the elderly in Romania.


This was the third successive year that the local ATP World Tour 250 tournament had nominated 'Dignity for Children', a foundation that supports childhood education for the underprivileged in Malaysia, for the grant, and Tournament Director Nick Freyer of organizers IMG was touched that it was third time lucky and that the tournament was successful with their 2013 charity application. 


"The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur has always embraced any initiative to support the Malaysian community both on and off the tennis court, and now in our fifth tournament year, we are proud to announce the successful US$10,000 (RM29,885) grant from the ATP for the 'Dignity for Children' foundation. On behalf of the tournament, I would like to warmly thank the ATP for selecting Dignity for Children in Malaysia and I am sure the funds will go a long way to furthering the work of Rev. Elisha Satvinder and team.


Dignity for Children' operates one of the largest one-stop learning centres for urban poor children in Malaysia, helping the underprivileged acquire the academic and social personal skills crucial to their success in breaking the cycle of poverty. We do hope the additional funds will provide crucial aid for them to continue in their noble efforts," he said. 


“We are delighted that, through our ATP Aces for Charity grant programme, we are able to recognise and support the Malaysian Open in relation to its charity work with Dignity for Children. Nick Freyer and his team do a fantastic job of running the ATP World Tour event in Kuala Lumpur, and we know that the US$10,000  (RM29,885) grant will be put to great use with Dignity for Children, such a worthy a  cause.”  said Alison Lee, Executive Vice President, ATP International Group.


“We are touched and truly grateful that our Foundation has been selected to receive this generous grant from the ATP World Tour through the efforts of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur. The money will go a long way in supporting our mission to educate and develop children both academically and socially, empowering them to become productive members of society,” said Rev. Elisha Satvinder, who founded ‘Dignity for Children’ together with his wife, Petrina.


Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has steadily extended its reach from a Harvest Centre opened in 2003 and a Montessori pre-school in 2004 to currently serving over 700 children between the ages of two and 20 in eight education programmes, ranging from early childhood education and vocational training, to sports development and teacher training. 


All Education Programmes are based on the national curriculum as prescribed by the MOE, but incorporate Montessori principles and philosophies in execution. Children enjoy classes ranging from English, Mathematics, Science and Bahasa Malaysia to Geography, Living Skills, History, Sport, Arts and more.


The foundation also runs an Empower-a-child program, which allows people to sponsor individual kids for long term quality and holistic education, along with undertaking the set up of partner schools in rural areas.


For more information on the 'Dignity for Children' foundation, visit


The 2013 edition of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur will be held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from 21-29 September. Past singles Champions include Nikolay Davydenko (2009), Mikhail Youzhny (2010), current world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic (2011) and current world No. 15 Juan Monaco (2012).


For more information on the tournament, visit


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