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Habitat for Humanity Ambassador Amelie Mauresmo wins Australian Open

January 30, 2006

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Amelie Mauresmo with 14-year-old Rustam Galeev from Kyrgyzstan, winner of Habitat’s children drawing competition.

Tennis star Amelie Mauresmo, Habitat for Humanity ambassador, has won the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open.

Habitat for Humanity heartily congratulates Ms. Mauresmo on her success!

Mauresmo, of France, met with Habitat for Humanity children’s drawing contest winner, Rustam Galeev, of Kyrgyzstan at the Zurich Open in October. Habitat homeowner child Rustam, 14, won the Europe/Central Asia-wide children’s drawing contest “What Home Means to Me”.

As grand prize winner, Rustam and his parents were flown to Zurich to attend tennis matches and meet with Amelie, who presented him with a stuffed St. Bernard.

Tennis star Nadia Petrova of Russia is also Habitat for Humanity ambassador. Petrova volunteered to build on a Habitat build site in Romania in September.

Whirlpool is the largest global partner of Habitat for Humanity. It has supported the charity since 1999 and, with its sponsorship of the Tour in Europe, has introduced women’s professional tennis to the charity, which has become the Tour’s official European social cause.

Whirlpool has supported the charity in many ways over a number of years, both through conventional and unconventional means. Support has ranged from product donations of a Whirlpool appliance to every Habitat home to Whirlpool employees actively helping in building projects.

Whirlpool and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour launched a series of exciting new initiatives such as ‘Aces for Homes’. For every ace slammed, 10 euros are donated to building Habitat homes in the tsunami-devastated area of Chennai, India. The Whirlpool ‘Love Food’ cookbook was also published earlier this year, featuring favorite recipes of top players, along with the Whirlpool Players Painting which was auctioned off with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity