I pledge: Indian Players extend their support.

Contribution towards the cause for helping does not necessarily always mean monetary. Contributions in the form of essentials go a long way. Sometimes even more than monetary ones.

With over 14 lakh case being confirmed all over the world, and over 5000 cases found positive in India, the fight against COVID-19 continues. Preventive measures are being taken at personal and a national levels. But is it enough?

The government ordered 21-day lockdown continues. With limited access and resources, some are able to avail them, but some are left struggling for daily essentials. With people from all over the country have pledged to donate and help. We surely hope that the ones in need do get the support and help extended.

Contribution towards the cause for helping does not necessarily always mean monetary. Contributions in the form of essentials go a long way. Sometimes even more than monetary ones.

Everyone who can should make efforts to ease other people’s lives. One step does make a difference.

The budding 15 year old Golfer Arjun Bhati pledged to donate INR 4.30 Lakhs towards the fight against coronavirus. The thought behind this youngster’s contribution will surely make you heartfelt. “In the last eight years, I had won 102 trophies, I gave them to get some money and now I have contributed Rs 4 lakh 30 thousand to the PM-CARES Fund. I would like everyone to utilize this time and follow self-isolation,” he added.

Laxmi Ratan Shukla, the Minister of State and Youth affairs in West Bengal has donated his MLA Salary and BCCI pension for three months. He has further supported the groundmen of the Maidan with rice and pulses.

“It is the need of the hour that we all contribute to the best of our abilities. I have already donated three months of my MLA salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Also, I get pension from BCCI. I have donated three months of my BCCI pension,” Shukla told PTI.

BCCI President and former captain Sourav Ganguly extended his support to ISKCON’s Kolkata centre, to help feed 20,000 people affected by the pandemic daily. The Kolkata ISKCON previously fed 10,000 daily.

“From ISKCON Kolkata we were cooking food for 10,000 people daily. Our dear Sourav Da has come forward and extended all his support and has donated, which enables us to double our capacity to 20,000 people every day,” Radharaman Das spokesperson and vice-president of ISKCON, Kolkata centre said.

He had earlier donated 20,000 kilograms rice at the Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramkrishna Mission.

Extending their support, former Indian cricketing brothers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan had donated 4,000 masks to the needy and poor. “Doing our bit for the society. Whatever u guys can do please go ahead and help each other as far as sanitation is concerned. But don’t gather crowd!@iamyusufpathan #corona it’s a small start hopefully we will be keep helping more. Everyone of us.”

Another from the cricketing fraternity, off spinner Harbhajan Singh and his wife have come forward to support the ones in need. “By the blessings of the almighty, Geeta and I pledge to distribute ration to 5,000 families residing in Jalandhar who are struggling to feed their families during this difficult time. We will continue to help and support our fellow citizens in whichever we can to lessen the burden of struggle. Stay safe stay in and stay positive may God bless us all,” he shared.

The six time Grand Slam winner, Sania Mirza has stepped forward to raise money to provide food and other basic necessities for the daily wage workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. She has helped raised INR 1.5 Crore to help the daily workers.

Sania had shared a video last week on her social network supporting the Safa organisation and pledged to donate and asked people to make a contribution for the workers during this tough time.

No amount is small, and no age is required to help a cause. Fifteen-year-old shooter Esha Singh has pledged to donate Rs 30,000 to PM-CARES Fund to aid the battle against COVID-19.

“I pledge to contribute 30 thousand Rupees from my savings to PM CARE FUND to Fight Covid 19,” Esha Singh tweeted.

The young shooter was recently praised by Union Minister of Sports Kiran Rijiju. “Dear @singhesha10, you are just 15 years old but you have shown that you are a real champion! What a beautiful gesture by such generous contribution to #PMCARES Fund,” Rijiju tweeted.

PM Narendra Modi on April 3 2020, held a video conference with the sportspersons to talk about the ongoing pandemic the world is grappling with. He talked about various national and world level events being cancelled due to the severity of the outbreak. He also praised them for their contribution to the country. He further have emphasized about how they can play an integral role in boosting the morale and spreading awareness regarding social distancing.

In a nation, where Cinema and Sports are hailed above all, the sportspersons will have a big impact on the public and their possible support to the ones in need.

By: Paromita Gupta

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