Rajasthan Royals franchise on Thursday donated a sum amount of Rs. 7.5crores amid the second wave of COVID-19 in India. The franchise including all the players and staff came forward to donate for the cause in order to help the country fight COVID-19.
RR’s philanthropic wing Rajasthan Royals Foundation partnered with British Asian Trust (BAT) and donated towards COVID-19 relief.
The franchise released a statement that said:
“Rajasthan Royals is pleased to announce a contribution of INR 7.5 crores (over $1mn) towards Covid relief to help with immediate support to people in India impacted with the surge of COVID-19 virus”
British Asian Trust (BAT) is known to collaborate with the government on many initiatives especially in the areas of education and skills. The founder of BAT Prince Charles also launched an emergency “Oxygen for India” in the wake of a shortage of oxygen supply in the subcontinent.
Ranjit Barthakur, the chairman of Rajasthan Royals Foundation has come up with numerous initiatives that will aim at distribution of funds Pan India.
This is not the first time that an IPL team/ player is donating for the same cause. Earlier, KKR pacer Pat Cummins also donated a sum amount of $50k to the PM Cares fund.
It was followed by former Australian pacer Brett Lee donating one bitcoin to Crypto relief after drawing inspiration from Cummins.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami also donated a sum amount of 90K (INR) for oxygen supplies in the Indian hospitals.
The BCCI is ensuring that the ongoing edition of IPL continues with no hassle. One of the officials also stated that stopping IPL doesn’t make sense amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in India.
“It’s probably more important now to hold IPL when there is so much negativity around. We should not underestimate the power of sport to spread positivity. The league generates considerable money for the economy. How does stopping IPL help” the official said.
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