IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals pledge Rs 1.5 crores for fight against COVID-19

Delhi Capitals become the latest team in IPL 2021 to come forward and donate proceedings for covid relief. Delhi Capitals have pledged Rs 1.5 crores in support of the national capital’s fight against the raging coronavirus pandemic. New Delhi has been one of the worst affected by the second wave of COVID-19.

The amount will be used to procure essential medical supplies, ranging from oxygen cylinders and concentrators to COVID wellness kits. Delhi Capitals posted the news on their official Twitter handle, saying that the franchise and its patrons, the JSW Foundation & GMR Varalakshmi Foundation are offering financial support amounting to Rs 1.5 crore to NCR-based NGOs the Hemkunt Foundation and the Uday Foundation in a statement.

Delhi Capitals, interim CEO, Vinod Bisht said, “In this hour of crisis, DC stands in solidarity with the citizens of Delhi, whose efforts to selflessly help each other in the fight against COVID-19 have been inspiring. We are honoured to extend our support,”

JSW Foundation CEO Ashwini Saxena also said that JSW salutes the Hemkunt Foundation for their valuable work. Through this financial aid, the company hopes to support them and the city of Delhi in their spirited fight against this devastating disease.

Hemkunt Foundation Community Development Director Harteerath Singh thanked DC for the humanitarian gesture while Uday Foundation’s founder Rahul Verma said by helping his NGO in providing oxygen concentrators to the needy, the IPL team has won the hearts of many Delhiites. The capital city has been one of the worst affected in the country in the second wave of the pandemic with more than 20,000 new cases and over 300 deaths being recorded daily in the last few days. Many hospitals have also been struggling to maintain adequate stock of live-saving medical oxygen.

Previously, Rajasthan Royals had donated $1 million towards covid relief. Besides the teams, other cricketers like Pat Cummins and Brett lee have also donated towards the cause. The latest former player to join the list is cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar who donated Rs one crore to Mission Oxygen, which procures oxygen concentrators for COVID-19 patients in the country as it battles a severe second wave of the global pandemic.

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