Legendary India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar today donated Rs 1 crore to help procure oxygen concentrators for Covid-19 patients in the country which has been badly hit by the second wave of coronavirus infections. A lot of people on social media platforms had been asking whether any Indian player, past or present, had made a donation to help people at this time of crisis after cricketer Pat Cummins donated Australian $ 50,000 followed by a contribution of a Bitcoin by Brett Lee to help Covid-19 patients in India.
Sachin Tendulkar, in a message on social media, said that the 2nd wave of Covid-19 pandemic has put the country’s health infrastructure under severe. He said that he is contributing to ‘Mission Oxygen’, a group of young entrepreneurs in Delhi-NCR who have set up a fund-raising initiative, for importing oxygen concentrators and donating them to hospitals across the country.
Misson Oxygen said in a statement that Tendulkar’s contribution of Rs 1 crore was incredibly heart-warming.
India is witnessing an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 infections and recorded a single-day rise of 3,79,257 new cases on 28 April. The healthcare system is crumbling due to the crisis with hospitals struggling to provide oxygen and crucial medicines to the infected patients.
“His donation of Rs 1 crore to ‘Mission Oxygen’ in its endeavour to procure and provide life-saving oxygen concentrators to hospitals across the nation in this time of need is incredibly heart-warming,” read a statement from Mission Oxygen.
We stand behind everyone in the fight against Covid-19: Tendulkar
“The second wave of COVID has put our health-care system under immense pressure. Providing oxygen for a large number of serious COVID patients is the need of the hour,” Tendulkar wrote on social media.
“It is heartening to see how people are rising to the occasion. A group of 250+ young entrepreneurs have launched Mission Oxygen to raise funds for importing oxygen concentrators and donating them to hospitals across the country.
“I’ve helped by contributing to the cause and hope that their effort soon reaches out to many more hospitals across India. Today, we have to stand together behind everyone that is working hard to fight this pandemic.”
Tendulkar has pledged to donate plasma once he is eligible. Notably, Tendulkar returned home from a Mumbai hospital earlier this month after recovering from Covid-19.
IPL franchises Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals also contributed Rs 7.5 crore and 1.5 crore respectively for the fight against the pandemic. Earlier this week, Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Pat Cummins had donated $ 50,000 to purchase oxygen supplies for Indian hospitals. Tendulkar’s good friend, Brett Lee donated a Bitcoin to aid India’s fight against Covid-19.