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IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals players, owners, team management donate Rs 7.5 crore to help India fight Covid-19

IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals players, owners, team management donate Rs 7.5 crore to help India fight Covid-19

PL 2021: Rajasthan Royals (RR) players, owners and team management have joined hands to donate Rs 7.5 crore in India’s fight against the rising number of Covid-19 cases. Earlier, KKR pacer Pat Cummins and former Australia cricketer Brett Lee had also made generous contributions.

In another show of generosity coming from IPL and its players, 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals players, owners and team management have come together to donate Rs 7.5 crore to help people in India affected by the second wave of coronavirus pandemic.

The franchise in a press release revealed that its philanthropic arm Royal Rajasthan Foundation (RRF) have partnered with British Asian Trust (BAT) founded by Prince Charles to help India fight the deadly virus.

“Rajasthan Royals is pleased to announce a contribution of INR Rs 7.5 crores (Over $1mn) towards Covid Relief to help with immediate support to people in India impacted by the surge of Covid-19 virus.

“Players along with the team owners and team management have come forward to raise funds and have been working along with the Rajasthan Royals’ philanthropic arm Royal Rajasthan Foundation (RRF) in partnership with the British Asian Trust (BAT).

“BAT works closely with the Indian Government on many initiatives especially in the area of skills and education. The Trust’s founder, Prince Charles, launched an emergency “Oxygen for India” appeal, which is currently focused on acquisition and distribution of oxygen concentrators, devices that can provide the enriched gas straight from the air, to treat patients when hospital supplies are under strain.

The funds raised by Rajasthan Royals will help pan India, with an initial focus on the state of Rajasthan, where the RRF, Chaired by Ranjit Barthakur, has numerous initiatives it continues to support.

“Having the team owners and its players come together has enabled this initiative to reach the scale it has, providing aid to tackle the current crisis and help people get the single most pressing necessity at this time Oxygen,” Rajasthan Roayals said in their press release.

Earlier, KKR pacer Pat Cummins donated 37 lakh. The Australian quick had encouraged other IPL stars to contribute and help India to recover from this calamity.

“India is a country I have come to love dearly over the years and the people here are one of the warmest and kindest I have met. To know so many are suffering so much this time saddens me greatly.

“There has been quite a bit of discussion over here as to whether it is appropriate for IPL to continue while COVID-19 infection rates remain high. I am advised that the Indian Government is of the view that playing the IPL while the population is in lockdown provides a few hours of joy and respite each day at an otherwise difficult time for the country.

“As players we are privileged to have a platform that allows us to reach millions of people that we can use for good. With that in mind, I have made a contribution to the “PM Cares Fund,” specifically to purchase oxygen supplies for India’s hospitals.

“I encourage my fellow IPL players – and anyone around else the world who has been touched by India’s passion and generosity – to contribute. I will kick it off with $50,000,” Cummins said in his statement.

Former Australia and IPL star Brett Lee had responded to the appeal from Cummins by donating 1 Bitcoin (Worth around Rs 43 lakh) to Crypto Relief which will help in purchasing oxygen supplies for hospitals across India.

“India has always been like a second home for me. The love and affection that I have got from the people of this country both during my professional career and even after my retirement, holds a special place in my heart. It saddens me deeply to see people suffering due to the ongoing pandemic,” Lee wrote in a tweet.

“I feel privileged to be in a position of making a difference and with that in mind, I’d like to donate 1 BTC (Bitcoin) to Crypto Relief to help with the purchase of oxygen supplies for the hospitals across India,” Lee had said..

news source:indiatoday

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