by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Causes, Sports
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Ready for a warm-and-fuzzy story to restore the pep to your step?

You’re familiar with Oxfam International, right? The poverty relief and social agency’s star-studded Fair Trade, Climate Change and Make Poverty History campaigns (which make the most of today’s entertainment icons) have certainly helped them to achieve mainstream consciousness. For 68 years, they’ve collaborated with 14 organizations in 100 countries to help sustainably develop third world countries, enabling people to rise above the challenges presented by environmental disasters and internal conflict. Basically, they’re the reason why more than a few things are actually going right in the world today.

Well, a British man by the name of Nicholas Newlife wagered with a sports betting organization that the number two ranked tennis star in the world, Roger Federer, would score 14 Grand Slam titles before 2020. Spending a mere 275 Euros (the equivalent of $338.65 USD) on a bet that had 66 to 1 odds, Newlife raked in $25,000 when Federer earned his 14th grand slam title just one year ago. To add to the excitement, Newlife stands to win roughly $153,000 US (112,580 Euros) if the tennis wunderkind reigns supreme during the current Wimbledon match…if only the astute gambler hadn’t died at the age of 69 (just one year ago).

That’s where Oxfam enters the picture. Newlife has been a lifelong supporter of theirs and made it clear in his will that he wanted all money derived from his bet (along with his entire estate) to be earmarked exclusively for the charitable organization. If the stars align (which certainly looks to be the case for Federer despite a challenging battle with opponent Ilija Bozoljac) then Oxfam is going to be sitting pretty with around $369,606.56 USD to fight the good fight, which will be enough capital to provide safe drinking water to 350,00+ people and emergency food for 46,000!

Via Huffington Post